Senate makes changes to health expansion plan
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Describing it as a "compromise solution," Senate leaders Tuesday released a proposal that would revise their plan for extending health-care coverage to about 800,000 uninsured Floridians.
President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, sent a memo to senators about the changes in the Senate's "Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange" plan.
The move came six days before the start of a special legislative session to negotiate a budget.
The House and Gov. Rick Scott have opposed the Senate's health-coverage plan, and the issue will play a major role in the special session.
The changes released Tuesday include dropping a proposal that would have enrolled people in Medicaid managed-care plans starting July 1. Originally, that was part of a phased approach to the Senate program.
Under the new proposal, the coverage expansion would take effect Jan. 1 through an online insurance marketplace known as Florida Health Choices.
Also, the proposal would allow people to choose from plans on the federal health-insurance exchange.
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