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FL Groups To Back Feds In LIP Lawsuit

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A federal judge this week agreed to allow the League of Women Voters of Florida, Florida Legal Services and Florida CHAIN to file a brief supporting the Obama administration in a lawsuit filed by Gov. Rick Scott about major health care issues.

Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order Tuesday granting the groups' joint request to file the brief. Scott's lawsuit has sought to prevent federal officials from linking an extension of the Low Income Pool, or LIP, health-funding program to a potential expansion of Medicaid.

Scott also has sought a preliminary injunction in the case. The three groups said in their joint request that the brief would apply to Scott's motion for a preliminary injunction.

In the request, the groups said they are "consumer, educational, and legal services organizations whose members, constituents, and clients are directly affected by the Florida Medicaid program." The federal government filed documents Monday blasting Scott's arguments in the case, describing them as "baseless."