Published: Feb 01, 2011 5:09 PM EST
Updated: Feb 01, 2011 2:09 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Florida's legislature seems poised to pass a bill aimed at reducing the state's Medicaid expenditures by expanding privatization of the program. But that proposal may not get federal approval.

 The Republican Legislature wants to put more of the state's nearly 3 million Medicaid recipients into privately managed care.

Gov. Rick Scott's health and human services transition team also recommended expanding the program statewide. Florida's Medicaid program costs about $19 billion annually.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it's unlikely it will expand the pilot program in its current form amid widespread patient and doctor complaints.

The federal agency likely won't make its decision until June - well after the legislative session ends.

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