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Activists Urge Expanded Health Coverage In Florida

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A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women’s-rights activists rallying in Tallahassee are calling on lawmakers to expand health insurance coverage to more Floridians.

Planned Parenthood supporters gathered near the Capitol on Monday to urge lawmakers to accept billions of dollars in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage in Florida.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said Floridians pay their fair share of federal taxes and deserve access to available federal funding to broaden health coverage.

House and Senate committees have voted against expanding Medicaid coverage to more than 1 million Floridians. The panels said they were worried the federal government wouldn’t live up to its promise to pay for 100 percent of the bill for the first three years and 90 percent after that. Lawmakers are weighing possible alternatives to expand coverage.

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