Gov. Scott waiting to see health expansion plan

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Meeting with The Palm Beach Post editorial board, Governor Rick Scott on Monday stood behind his decision in February to support an expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“It’s the law of the land,” Scott said in a video posted online by the newspaper. “While the federal government is going to pay 100 percent (of the expansion cost), I can’t in good conscience deny people that don’t have health care access.”

But House and Senate Republicans have rejected expanding Medicaid and are trying to agree on another approach to offer health services to low-income people. One Senate plan would use federal money to pay for private health-insurance coverage; another would use state money to help subsidize services. The House has not proposed a plan.

Scott said he would have to wait and see whether details of a legislative plan meet his “parameters,” which include using federal funding. “It seems like there’s a new plan constantly coming out,” he said.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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