The Senate took up its own batch of controversial issues this week. On Monday night, the Senate brought its Medicaid reform package (H372) to the floor, and on Tuesday the plan was approved by a vote of 34-10. The Medicaid reform plan changes the state’s current fee-for-service system to a per-member monthly allotment for services. It is meant to encourage competition by mixing both commercial insurers and healthcare provider groups. The Democrats made an attempt to amend the bill in order to expand Medicaid, but it was voted down along party lines. The House has publicly criticized the Senate’s plan, and the package has not yet been calendared for House floor debate. Read the full report here.