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Missouri House committee to consider Medicaid expansion

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 7:24 a.m. CST; updated 3:39 p.m. CST, Monday, February 25, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

The Democrats' bill is not expected to pass. But Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, who is chairman of the committee, plans to introduce his own Medicaid proposal.


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