Florida lawmakers will consider Medicaid expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan. (AP Photo/Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan. (AP Photo/Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell)

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida Senate health committee will meet Monday for the first time since Gov. Rick Scott announced he would expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 residents under the Affordable Care Act.

State lawmakers must still sign off on the decision. Committee Chair Joe Negron says Scott's decision does not guarantee swift passage through Florida's House and Senate.

Negron says the committee has not reached a decision. He hopes it will make one in the first few weeks of the annual legislative session that begins March 5.

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