Missouri House leader rejects call for special session on Medicaid expansion
Friday, July 6, 2012 | 2:45 p.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY — House Speaker Steven Tilley said there is no need for a special session to decide whether Missouri should opt out of a Medicaid expansion.
Tilley's comments Friday came after at least two state senators called for a special session. Sens. Brad Lager and Bill Stouffer cited the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision saying states cannot be penalized with the loss of their existing federal Medicaid dollars if they refuse to go along with an expansion included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Other Republican legislative leaders already have said Missouri will not expand Medicaid eligibility.
Tilley said he doesn't want to waste taxpayer money for a special session. He cited last year's failure by legislators to pass an economic development bill during a special session.
Like what you see here? Become a member.
Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.
You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.
Leave a comment
Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines
outlined below and register with our site.
You must be logged in to comment. (Our
full comment policy is here.)
- Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
- Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or
discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
- Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will
be published with every comment.
(Read why we ask for that here.)
- Don’t solicit or promote businesses.
We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see
something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.
You must be logged in to comment.