Florida Senate leaders may propose cutting dentistry, optometry and mental health services for Medicaid patients as they try to curb the program’s budget, which is expected to top $21 billion next year. #

That is essentially the plan Negron outlined when his committee first started weighing the issue: Cut “optional” services in the short term, and, assuming the state can get federal permission, shift to a managed-care model for the long term. #

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