Senate not backing down on Medicaid expansion

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — The legislative showdown on Medicaid expansion alternatives is heating up with the Senate signaling it's not backing down from a plan to accept billions of federal dollars.

The Senate amended the House proposal Monday, essentially wiping out the House's plan and replacing it with its own, with just days left in the session. The Senate still has to vote on the bill, but even if it passes, it's unlikely the House will agree.

The Senate wants to take more than $50 billion in federal funds and give it to roughly 1.1 million residents to purchase private health insurance.

But the House doesn't want to accept money tied to the Affordable Care Act and has passed a bill that would use $237 million in state funds to cover about 115,000 residents.

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