Fla. House, Senate negotiating Medicaid compromise

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.

MIAMI — State lawmakers are hammering out a deal that would use a blend of state and federal money to offer health coverage to uninsured Floridians under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

A person close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because that person isn't authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state would use federal funds to cover vulnerable populations like pregnant women and the disabled.

State funds would be used to provide limited health coverage to about 300,000 childless adults, giving them a set amount of money to purchase private insurance. The federal government would have to approve the proposal.

The House and Senate have been far apart on Medicaid expansion with less than two weeks left in the Legislative session.

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