Florida House Set to Vote on Medicaid Overhaul

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Most of Florida's 2.7 million Medicaid recipients in all 67 counties would be placed in private managed care plans under a pair of bills up for a House vote.

Both plans would expand an existing five-county managed care experiment pushed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005 as a way to cut rising costs and fraud. Miami-Dade County would be added in the next year, and the rest of Florida's 67 counties would be added over five years.

If they pass the House on Monday, the Medicaid overhaul legislation (HB 7223, HB 7225) moves to the Senate, which has a less far-reaching plan. The Senate wants to add 19 more counties including Miami-Dade.

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