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Leaders in Missouri's General Assembly say Medicaid expansion is not in the cards

Date: March 14, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau

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Leaders in the state Capitol say that Medicaid reform is better for Missouri than expansion.
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Wrap: House Speaker Tim Jones from Eureka says he thinks federal Medicaid expasion is optional for states. He says Missouri should look toward reform instead, similiar to the steps being taken in states like Wisconsin.

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Description: "Before we decide to dump billions of more dollars into an already broken system, which I think, is, would be comittine malpractice on the taxpayers, we need to look at reforming this bill."

Committees in both the House and Senate have struck down Democratic proposals to add Medicaid expansion into next year's budget.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has spent most of the year touting the benefits of expanding Medicaid, in spite of Republicans moving to neutralize it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

 

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Leaders in the state Capitol say they are confident in the progess from the first half of this year's legislative session.
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Wrap: Heading into their spring break, Missouri lawmakers have landed two bills on the governor's desk this week.

House Speaker Tim Jones from Eureka says his chamber has accomplished two key goals in the first three months of session with legislation that would give tax credits to charities and for amateur sports tournaments.

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Description: "You've seen more high priority bills taking on bigger, bolder challenges this year. Probably more so, I'd say we haven't seen a level of activity at this level since Governor Blunt in his first two years in office."

Jones says the House and Senate have been largely united on all priorities this session.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

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Leaders in the Missouri House and Senate say they are happy with the progress they have made so far in this year's legislative session.
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Wrap: After sending two bills to the governor's desk this week, the first half of this year's legislative session has come to a close.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, says his chamber has been able to move forward on nine bills that he says are a major priority for the Senate.

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Description: "Many of those issues, the bills had strong bipartisan support. Members worked very well together and we were able to have, what I believe, one of the most productive sessions in recent memory."

Dempsey says the Senate's goals for the rest of the session are to spur employment, increase personal income for Missourians, and grow the state's economy.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.


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