Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion

Mar 7, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.

The Democratic governor today called on lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state, under the terms of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

He says he’s encouraged that some lawmakers are giving "constructive thought" to this option. And he takes issue with some key parts of a Republican alternative.

Nixon doesn't like several provisions in legislation sponsored by Republican Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City. He cites sections of Barnes’ bill that would remove thousands of children and pregnant women from the Medicaid rolls by lowering income eligibility thresholds. He also says the bill wouldn't qualify for full federal funding because it doesn't raise eligibility high enough for adults.