House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Monday that after the workshop on the Senate FHIX plan today, his chamber will debate the issue on Thursday and bring it to a full vote on Friday.
"They're going to send their bill. We're going to workshop it, take it up and debate and do what needs to be done with it,'' he told the Herald/Times. "That'll be week 1."
Judging by the statements of several House leaders, the odds are great that the Senate proposal will not win enough Republican votes to pass the GOP-controlled chamber, so that leaves the debate over the Low Income Pool as the biggest sticking point left in the session.
That's where the debate appears to have shifted a bit since lawmakers dissolved the regular session. The House had offered the Senate a plan to allocate as much as $600 million in general revenue to cushion the blow to hospitals that are hit by the reduction in federal money from the Low Income Pool allocation.
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But when asked, Crisafulli said that is no longer the starting point as the House agrees now with the governor that the focus should be to use LIP money to increase Medicaid rates.
"In my mind, we've got something places we can go but we're focused on tax cuts. We're interested in seeing how those two things can come together and, based on a conversation that will take place with the Senate, we'll be able to nail that down more accurately."