Sen. Aaron Bean offers alternative to Medicaid expansion

  • Aaron Bean

It's quite evident that the Florida Legislature will not accept the federal government's cost-sharing plan to add more Floridians to the Medicaid rolls. But what's the alternative?

Last month, Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) introduced a proposal that would take those federal Medicaid expansion dollars and enroll people in insurance through — but not in — the Florida Healthy Kids program, which currently provides coverage for children in the state.

On Tuesday, Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) released an alternative to Negron's idea during a committee hearing on health care policy. His Health Choice Plus plan would provide insurance for the approximately 768,000 people who would be eligible for Medicaid expansion through the Florida Health Choices program.