Fla. House passes limited health care bill

Published On: Apr 26 2013 12:50:23 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The House has passed its majority-backed health care plan that would provide health coverage to about 115,000 residents, using $237 million in state funds to give recipients $2,000 a year to choose their own private insurance plans.

Friday's passage of the bill sets up a staring contest between the House and Senate in the final week of the legislative session.

The Senate's plan, sponsored by Republican Joe Negron of Stuart, accepts billions of federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act. House members killed an alternative proposal Thursday that mirrored Negron's and would have accepted more than $50 billion federal dollars and provided health coverage to an estimated 1.1 million residents.

If neither side blinks, health care could well be dead till next year, quashing one of Gov. Rick Scott's priorities.

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