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April 1, 2013MO |  By: MDN

Medicaid

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed it's version of a new state budget.

But that budget leaves out an expansion of Medicaid mandated by the federal health care law. Republicans who control the House say growing the state's insurance program for the poor could greatly increase what the state spends on health care. But Democrats say not doing the expansion will hurt poor Missourians. House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, of St. Louis, says lawmakers get taxpayer-funded health insurance and he says poorer citizens should too.

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The budget now goes to the state Senate.