TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - A Senate Appropriations subcommittee will discuss two proposals that would expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law.
Sen. Joe Negron's plan would cover more than 1 million residents and receive about $55 billion from the federal government over the next decade. But instead of enrolling in Medicaid, enrollees could use that money to purchase private insurance.
A proposal by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, would rely on state funds and would cover fewer residents. Both plans would require recipients to pay premiums and co-pays.
Bean's proposal mirrors a bill in the House. House leaders have spoken out against accepting federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act.
Both chambers voted against a straight Medicaid expansion and are seeking a compromise in the final weeks of session.