Fla. Senate committee approves 2 Medicaid proposals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Senate Appropriations subcommittee is sending to the House two very different proposals that would expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law.

The committee on Wednesday unanimously passed Sen. Joe Negron's plan to use $55 billion from the federal government to allow 1.1 million recipients to purchase private insurance.

The committee also approved Sen. Aaron Bean's plan that would rely on state funds and would cover fewer residents. Both plans would require recipients to pay premiums and co-pays.

Some senators warned that approving two bills would send mixed messages to the House.

But Bean's plan may be the only path to expand coverage in the final weeks of the session as House leaders have spoken out against accepting federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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