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House to unveil Medicaid expansion alternative Thursday

The Florida House will detail its long-anticipated alternative to Medicaid expansion some time Thursday, Rep. Richard Corcoran said today.

The Times/Herald caught up with the Land O'Lakes Republican after he finished a 15-minute meeting with Gov. Rick Scott. Corcoran said he shared concepts of the House plan with Scott, but this was just one of a series of meetings the two men have had over the past eight weeks.

"He is very knowledgeable of the direction we're heading," Corcoran said.

Corcoran declined to provide specifics about the House plan or say whether it would qualify for federal dollars set aside for states that expand Medicaid or create other eligible plans for the uninsured.

During the meeting, he and Scott also talked about improving access to health care, lowering costs and improving quality. "There are few people you can talk about health care that are more knowledgeable than the governor," Corcoran said.

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