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Fri Apr 2, 2021, 07:59 PM

Missouri House plan to reject Medicaid expansion faces uncertain fate in the Senate

Republicans in the Missouri House finalized their plan to block funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion on Thursday, giving final approval to its version of the state’s budget and sending it to the Senate.

What happens next remains unclear.

House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade said she’s confident the Senate will restore the $1.9 billion in Medicaid funding that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson included in his proposed budget.

And indeed, Sen. Lincoln Hough, a Springfield Republican and vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday that the Legislature has no other choice but to fund expansion.

“It’s in the state constitution,” he said, “the voters approved it and we’re going to find a way to fund it.”

Read more: https://missouriindependent.com/2021/04/01/missouri-house-plan-to-reject-medicaid-expansion-faces-uncertain-fate-in-the-senate/

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