On Wednesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee continued to take testimony from stakeholders regarding its proposed Medicaid reform bill draft. Among the many groups testifying were advocates for children, mental health patients, and the elderly, who asked for various amendments to the managed care plan, including exemptions from the mandatory savings. Managed care organizations sparred with providers over various regulatory aspects of the proposal, including mandated medical-loss ratios, while also arguing for a level “playing field” with other managed care entities, such as provider service networks. At the conclusion of the meeting, Chair Joe Negron noted that the committee is charged with cutting roughly $1.5 billion from its $28 billion budget, and that he is not looking for across-the-board cuts to services.