Published: May 02, 2013 8:52 PM EDT

FLORIDA - State lawmakers have been battling over the fate of a measure to expand Medicaid. The 50 billion dollars that has been earmarked for the Sunshine State could go to fund other programs across the nation if the measure is not passed. Here in Lee county, Lee Memorial Health officials say the money is necessary to help the un-insured and the under insured maintain proper healthcare. Administrators say if people cannot see a primary physician when necessary, they will end up waiting for care and end up in an emergency room. Leading to higher healthcare costs when they cannot pay for their care.