Rick Scott, Kathleen Sebelius meet in DC to talk health care

Sunshine State spent $21 billion on Medicaid last year

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Both sides are saying it was a productive meeting after Florida Gov. Rick Scott sat down with the Obama administration's top health care official Monday to talk coverage, costs and Medicaid reforms.

Scott met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the federal health law and two pending requests from Florida for changes to its Medicaid program.

Sebelius encouraged Scott to partner with Washington in setting up a new health insurance market for Florida. Scott pressed for approval of Florida's Medicaid requests. And the two discussed Scott's concerns about the cost of expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people under the new health care law.

The Republican governor softened his criticism of so-called "Obamacare" after the election, saying he is willing to work with federal officials.

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