TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker will present his alternative Medicaid expansion plan to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Sen. Joe Negron on Thursday plans to propose using federal funds under the Affordable Care Act to give residents vouchers to pay for private insurance. He wants Florida Healthy Kids to oversee the plan, saying they have a good track record with the state. Enrollment could begin in October.
Sen. Aaron Bean's plan would pass up the free federal dollars to fund Medicaid expansion and instead use state funds to help residents pay for a basic insurance plan. Bean will present his proposal Wednesday to a health policy committee.
Both plans would require residents to pay premiums and co-pays.
A House panel also voted against Medicaid expansion, but an alternative plan is still in the works.