BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care law is up for debate in the state Senate's health committee.

Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would let voters decide whether to direct Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to offer insurance coverage to as many as 250,000 adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level less than $32,500 for a family of four.

The federal government would pick up the full cost of the expansion through 2016, with the state paying a portion after that.

The bill is a long-shot for passage.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes expansion as too costly for Louisiana. He says it would improperly add people to a poorly-operated government program.


Senate Bill 96 can be found at

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