FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal health officials are pushing Florida lawmakers to include a provision in their Medicaid overhaul that would require private health plans to spend 85 percent of funds on patient care, state health officials said Wednesday.

That issue has been a sticking point as the state seeks to expand a five-county Medicaid privatization program statewide under a pair of bills passed this year by the Republican-led Legislature. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services must sign off on the plan and signaled all along they wanted the state to adopt the 85 percent provision.

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