Published: Aug 19, 2011 8:09 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Medical Association has sent a letter asking federal health officials to correct "shortfalls" in the Medicaid overhaul before expanding statewide.
    
The organization, which represents about 20,000 doctors, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday. The FMA said it had worked with lawmakers while the bills were drafted, but "respectfully disagrees that a statewide mandatory managed care program is the best way to reduce costs while providing access to quality care for Medicaid patients."
    
The Republican-led Legislature passed a massive Medicaid overhaul this year placing the care of nearly 3 million patients into the hands of for-profit insurers in hopes of reigning in the growing budget.
    
Patients in a pilot program have complained of poor access to drugs and medications.

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