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Medicaid shaping up as major issue

Medicaid shaping up as major issue

January 11th, 2013 in News

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers his remarks at Thursday morning's annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast.

Photo by Julie Smith

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he still thinks expanding the Medicaid program in Missouri is a good idea - even though the Legislature's Republican leaders aren't interested.

The governor has been promoting the expansion idea for several weeks.

It's part of the federal Affordable Care Act - which some call "Obamacare" - and Congress promised to pay for the first three years of the expansion, as part of the controversial 2010 health care law.

"We stand to lose $250 million a year if we step away from this," Nixon told reporters after the Governor's Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning. "Our federal partners are going to fund this - (and) it's the right thing to do."

But new Senate President Tom Dempsey doesn't share Nixon's confidence.