Published: Apr 19, 2010 4:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Most of Florida's 2.7 million Medicaid recipients in all 67 counties would be placed in private managed care plans under a pair of bills up for a House vote.

House approval Monday would send the legislation to the Senate, which has passed a less far-reaching plan. The chambers then would try to resolve their differences.

Both plans would expand an existing five-county managed care experiment pushed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005 as a way to cut rising costs and fraud.

The House version (HB 7223, HB 7225) would add Miami-Dade County in the next year, and the rest of Florida's 67 counties would be added over five years. The Senate wants to add 19 more counties including Miami-Dade.