House panel downs Medicaid deal

Opposes expansion that Scott backs

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.

A House select committee Monday opposed expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The select committee, which has been studying the federal law for weeks, split 10-5 along partisan lines, with Republicans opposing expansion and Democrats supporting it.

The move comes after Republican Gov. Rick Scott endorsed an expansion of Medicaid eligibility. The expansion likely will be one of the most-controversial issues of the legislative session that starts Tuesday.

A Senate select committee postponed a meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon that was expected to include discussions about possibly moving forward with the expansion.

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