A Florida Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved a controversial proposal for a new, state-run managed care system that would replace Medicaid’s current fee-for-service program. Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chairman of the Senate’s Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services Appropriations, led the charge. The shift to HMOs would greatly alter coverage for hundreds of thousands low-income and elderly Florida residents. The Florida House will likely pass its own Medicaid overhaul Thursday. With Republicans controlling both chambers, some type of Medicaid reform will pass. But that will likely take weeks of negotiation. 

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal – by Matt Coleman, Staff writer