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Sen. Negron listens to public commentary about Medicaid reform at a Senate committee meeting. File photo,

Florida lawmakers face crucial decisions this spring on how to provide medical care to millions of poor citizens and how to implement the federal Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid, a federal-state partnership providing health insurance to more than 3 million Floridians, consumes about $21 billion or almost a third of the state budget. If the state agrees, then the ACA would add more than another million people to the taxpayer-subsidized health care program.

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