Cannon: Medicaid close; Senators, maybe not

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House Speaker Dean Cannon said Monday that negotiators have reached agreement on major issues in a Medicaid overhaul, but top senators appeared more pessimistic about passing a bill this week, reports the News Service of Florida. The Senate did not take up its version of the Medicaid overhaul Monday, as had been scheduled. Rules Chairman John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, said he also doesn? expect it to be considered Tuesday ?nless magic from above comes down.?A short time earlier, Cannon said the House is waiting for the Senate to send an overhaul bill. The House has already passed its version. ? think there? accord on all of the major policy points of Medicaid,? the Winter Park Republican said. Both chambers want to move almost all Medicaid beneficiaries into managed-care plans. But myriad details need to be worked out. Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said he thinks a lot of big-picture issues have been settled, but the House and Senate still need to work out details. ? hope we all recognize how complex this issue is,?Haridopolos said.

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