- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Local city officials and health advocates will rally in St. Petersburg to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million Floridians under the federal health law.

Medicaid expansion has been one of the biggest issues in the tight race between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist says he’ll call a special session or pass it through executive order. Scott says he’ll let the Legislature duke it out and only supports it as long as the federal government pays 100 percent of the bill.

Advocates say Medicaid expansion will not only impact the health of Floridians but will boost the economy by creating jobs. On Friday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and consumers stuck in the Medicaid expansion gap will gather with advocacy groups Florida CHAIN, Families USA, and Doctors for America outside city hall.

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