Ex-Senator Bond Makes Case for Medicaid Expansion

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, February 25 2014 Feb 25, 2014 Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:12:00 AM CST February 25, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Former Republican Senator Kit Bond is attempting to make the case for Medicaid expansion to reluctant state lawmakers.

Bond is to be part of a panel discussion Tuesday about Medicaid expansion hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The former longtime U.S. senator has been hired by the chamber to lobby fellow Republicans in the state Capitol who have repeatedly defeated a Medicaid expansion.

States that expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income adults can receive billions of dollars of additional federal money under the terms of President Barack Obama's health care law. Bond has said the federal money is important to the financial survival of some hospitals.

Republican state lawmakers have expressed concerns about the potential long-term cost to the state.

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