Fla. Senate Panel Approves 2 Insurance Proposals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday passed two very different proposals to expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law, leaving billions of federal dollars at stake.

With less than three weeks left in the Legislative session, lawmakers in the House and Senate are still worlds apart on whether to accept as much as $50 billion from the feds over the next decade to offer health coverage to roughly 1.1 million residents or to rely on state funds to cover only about 115,000 residents.

House leaders have adamantly opposed accepting federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act, leaving Senate lawmakers scrambling to craft a proposal they will agree to. Both chambers voted against a straight Medicaid expansion early in the session.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle