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Scott To Meet With HHS’ Sebelius To Discuss State Health Exchange

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Stating the move won’t make health care more affordable for Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott says the costs of a state health exchange could end up being greater than early estimates.

The Republican governor requested a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the issue.

Scott has recently softened his staunch opposition to the federal health care law, but said he needs more information before making a decision. Scott had previously stated he would not go along with any parts of the health care overhaul that the state controls.

Scott also strategically pushed his agenda in the letter, reminding Sebelius that the state has been waiting for more than a year for feds to sign off on a proposal to privatize Florida’s Medicaid program statewide.

The Associated Press contributed material for this report.

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