AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Texas are up against a new hurdle when the House and Senate meet to hammer out a new state budget.
The House on Monday instructed budget negotiators not to vote on provisions that would expand Medicaid eligibility. Advocates say extending the program could provide up to 1 million low-income Texans some health care coverage, but Gov. Rick Perry has said the program would bankrupt Texas.
Both the full House and Senate have passed state budgets for 2014-15. Members from the two chambers will now hash out the differences in the final weeks of the session.
The proposal to exclude House budget negotiators from voting on Medicaid expansion was made by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, who chairs the House Republican caucus.
His measure passed 77-68.