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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 04:27 AM

Local officials lobby GOP leaders to rethink Medicaid expansion

In the face of opposition from prominent Texas Republicans and Gov. Rick Perry, an increasing number of local government officials are urging legislators to expand Medicaid and obtain a federal funding windfall.

Four Central Texas counties stand to gain $446.6 million in 2016, with more than half of that going to Travis County doctors, hospitals and other providers who would take care of newly covered adults, according to a study by consultant Billy Hamilton, a former deputy comptroller for Texas.

The Travis County Commissioners Court is one of the most recent groups to call for an expansion.

On Tuesday, a group of Medicaid recipients and uninsured Texans is planning to rally at the Capitol in support of expanding the program.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/local-officials-lobby-gop-leaders-to-rethink-medic/nWfgY/ .

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