Fla. Democrats push for expanded health coverage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Democrats say they are standing their ground in opposing their chamber's proposed budget because it fails to tap into federal aid to expand Medicaid coverage.

Democrats are upset with House Republican opposition to using federal aid to expand Medicaid to cover up to 1 million residents now without health insurance coverage.

Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, said Wednesday that Floridians deserve to benefit from more of the tax dollars they contribute to the federal treasury. She says Floridians pay more in federal taxes than they receive back in services, at a time when many residents don't have health coverage.

House Democrats said that expanding coverage to up to 1 million Floridians would save thousands of lives each year while creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Democrats are in the minority in the state House.

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