Sen. Negron says Medicaid overhaul still alive

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With less than two weeks to work, the rumors that a Medicaid overhaul won? pass are flying around the Capitol. But those involved in the process say don? believe the hype, reports Christine Jordan Sexton of the Florida Current.

?edicaid reform is alive and well and crescendoing to success,?said StateSen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and chief architect of the Senate bill, SB 1972.

For months, legislative leaders have insisted that overhauling the state’s $20 billion safety net program for health care would be a top priority. The House and Senate even passed a resolution back in November that outlined what the overhaul would look like.

But when the session came the two chambers put together bills with some significant differences, including a Senate proposal to have the state withdraw from the state and federal program completely if the federal government did not grant a waiver.House Speaker Dean Cannon was skeptical of such a move, suggesting it was a risky position for Florida to take.

Negron said he? ?ptimistic that we can informally meet with our friends in the House and have a proposal that transforms Medicaid that the Senate can take up and pass and the House is going to pass.?Continue reading here.


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