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May 10, 2021Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri lawmakers OK $35B budget without Medicaid expansion

Missouri lawmakers have approved a $35 billion budget for next that includes no funding for a Medicaid expansion approved by voters.

House and Senate members gave final approval Friday to the spending plan just hours ahead of a constitutional deadline. The budget increases funding for public schools, universities, hospitals and nursing homes.

Republicans said it also includes more money for the current Medicaid program _ but not to expand coverage to thousands of low-income adults as laid forth in a 2020 constitutional amendment. 

Gov. Mike Parson's administration said it evaluate its legal requirements on what to do next regarding the Medicaid expansion.