Published: Jul 18, 2012 2:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's counties may reconsider a lawsuit against the state over disputed Medicaid fees.
    
That's because the state slashed their bills by $171.4 million. It cut the disputed amount by more than half - from $316 million to $146.4 million.
    
Florida Association of Counties spokeswoman Cragin Mosteller said Wednesday that the organization is "taking everything under consideration."
    
Mosteller also praised Gov. Rick Scott for keeping his promise to ensure the counties are dunned only for what they actually owe.
    
Scott made that pledge in March when he signed a law requiring the counties to pay the disputed charges. The association and 47 individual counties then sued in a bid to block enforcement.
    
Counties are billed for a portion of the services their residents receive from the state-federal health care program.

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