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As costs rise, Florida lawmakers eye HMOs

Miami Herald, March 1, 2010

As Medicaid swells in cost and number of recipients, some Republican legislative leaders in Florida are increasingly interested in putting more of the program's patients into HMOs, giving the private companies more control over the state-federal program for the poor. In the past five years, the number of Floridians on Medicaid has grown 28% to about 2.8 million people. Costs have grown even more, and the program now weighs in at about $19 billion in the current budget year. That's about 28% of Florida's budget, the Miami Herald reports.