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Medicaid Expansion Sticking Point in State Budget

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State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R., Ocala). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R., Ocala). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Florida legislative session is due to end in a week, but it seems unlikely that lawmakers can agree on a budget before then. At the center of the standoff between the state house and the senate is a disagreement over whether to take Federal money to expand Medicaid.

If Florida doesn’t expand its Medicaid program the Federal government says it will hold back more than a billion dollars in funding for low-income patients.

The Senate has a plan to expand Medicaid by creating a state-run marketplace for health insurance. The house opposes that idea. To find out why, 90.7’s Matthew Peddie caught up with Dennis Baxley, a Republican from Ocala.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »