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The legislature's Medicaid dilemma: Meet some of the lives in the balance

Faces of MedicaidFlorida’s Medicaid system today serves more than 3 million people, about one in every six Floridians. The decision whether to expand the system by a full third will be made by men and women in suits in Tallahassee’s mural-filled chambers this spring.

But the impact is elsewhere, in children’s hospitals in Tampa and Miami, in doctors’ offices in New Port Richey and in the home of a woman who recently lost her full-time teaching job. Here are some of the names and faces of people whose health care future is in the hands of Florida's lawmakers.

Photo: Nancy Fraze was making too much money waitressing to be eligible for Medicaid. So she quit her job. Her son, Dustin Rozwarski, 16, has severe allergies and asthma and requires expensive care. MAURICE RIVENBARK / TAMPA BAY TIMES

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