He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system. Nixon told reporters afterwards that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $32,500 for a family of four.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government.
Jones was asked by reporters about US Supreme Court arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and about whether the GOP majority was interested in moving legislation that would make it illegal in Missouri to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.
Jones indicated that he’s not going to take any action to encourage the bill’s passage.
Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans. The bill would expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 180,000 Missourians while removing about 44,000 children from the Medicaid rolls.
The bill is being offered by House Republicans as an alternate to Democrats’ call to expand Medicaid. In addition to changing coverage, private insurers would compete to provide coverage for Medicaid recipients, who could then get cash incentives for staying healthy and avoiding costly medical procedures.