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Missouri Senate panel rejects Medicaid expansion

Updated: 2013-11-14T06:21:14Z

By DAVID A. LIEB

The Associated Press

— Members of a special Senate panel looking at Missouri’s Medicaid program demonstrated Wednesday that little has changed in the partisan battle.

Democrats, including Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence, sought to include expanded eligibility for the program in a list of recommendations being considered by the committee, and he walked out of the room when Republicans didn’t want to make it their first topic of discussion.

Republicans, who hold a majority on the Senate panel, later voted to keep Medicaid expansion out of the report that is to be released before the 2014 session.

The outcome mirrored other votes taken earlier this year, when the Republican-led legislature repeatedly defeated efforts to expand adult Medicaid eligibility.

A special House committee also is developing recommendations for Medicaid legislation.

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