TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida would save mere nickels, dimes or pennies for every federal dollar it passes up should the state heed Gov. Rick Scott's call to reject Medicaid expansion under the national health care overhaul, preliminary figures show.

State economists met Tuesday to review the numbers developed by the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the joint state-federal program.

The agency assumed all people eligible for existing as well as expanded Medicaid services through the Affordable Care Act would participate. The economists, though, reduced the anticipated participation rates, and the figures will be reworked.

The agency numbers remain valid, though, to show lawmakers how much full exposure would cost the state if Florida opts to expand the program for low-income and disabled people to cover 801,000 more Floridians, said Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature's Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

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