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UPDATE: Missouri Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 10:41 a.m. CDT; updated 4:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.

Sens. Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.

Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.

Lamping remains opposed to taking the new federal Medicaid money for expanded coverage. The Republican from St. Louis County says lawmakers need to stand firm against anything stemming from Obama's health care law.

The Senate legislation does not currently include Medicaid expansion.


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