Nixon raises concerns about GOP Medicaid plan

Thursday, March 7, 2013 | 4:50 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon is taking issue with some key parts of a Republican alternative to expanding Medicaid coverage in Missouri.

The Democratic governor said Thursday that he's encouraged some lawmakers are giving "constructive thought" to his call to expand Medicaid under the terms of President Barack Obama's health care law.

But Nixon doesn't like several provisions in a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City. Nixon specifically cited sections that would remove thousands of children and pregnant women from the Medicaid rolls by lowering their income eligibility thresholds. He also says Barnes' bill wouldn't qualify for full federal funding because it doesn't raise eligibility high enough for adults.

Nixon expressed support for other parts of the bill, including new co-payments for Medicaid recipients.

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