No Medicaid decision from Florida Legislature
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press May 3, 2013 6:36PM
At left, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, speaks to Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, Friday May 3, 2013, on the floor of the House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. Perry said the reason for his suit coat was that he wanted to brighten up the mood on the last day of session. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Updated: May 3, 2013 6:36PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature has adjourned without expanding the state’s Medicaid program, passing up $50 billion in federal funding and dealing a defeat to Gov. Rick Scott.
The House adjourned Friday without voting on a bipartisan Senate bill that was supported by Scott and a diverse group of health advocates, businesses and unions. The bill would have given the federal money to 1 million residents to purchase private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
But House Republicans wouldn’t accept federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act. Instead, the House passed a bill that would have used $237 million in state funds to cover about 115,000 residents.
It’s unclear whether Scott will call a special session or if the issue will have to wait until next year.