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Jeb Bush's Medicaid plan faces uncertain fate in Florida

Miami Herald, February 3, 2010

Despite encouraging signs, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's "Medicaid Reform" experiment looks like it won't expand statewide beyond Broward County and four Jacksonville-area counties as he had hoped. The HMO industry doesn't like parts of the plan, liberals say the program hasn't been properly studied, and Republican legislators are concentrating on solutions of their own to control growing costs of the program, the Miami Herald reports. But Florida's reform expert, University of Florida researcher R. Paul Duncan, is scheduled to brief the Senate's Health Regulation Committee to help legislators assess the program as they conduct a top-to-bottom review of Medicaid and the Bush reform.