The full House will discuss its proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion on Thursday and likely vote on Friday. That plan would rely only on state funding to provide basic coverages to low-income Floridians, forgoing an estimated $51 billion in federal funding.
The Senate is pushing a different proposal, one that is eligible for federal funding and would insure up to 1 million people. Right now, neither side appears willing to concede to the other.
It wouldnt be the first time the Legislature had a different position in the House and the Senate on a serious public policy matter, said House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, on Tuesday. Theres nothing wrong with having a very serious public debate about an issue of this significance.
Weatherford refused to say if the Legislature will return for a special session on Medicaid expansion, only that there wont be huge alarms if the issue isnt settled before session ends next week.
That doesnt mean that the world comes to the end, he said. It just means that were going to have to continue to talk in the off-season and see if we cant find some middle ground later.