Gov Focused On Working With Legislators On Medicaid

With time winding down in the scheduled 90-day session, questions remain about whether or not legislators can agree on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to expand and reform Medicaid.

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House Finance Committee co-chair Steve Thompson said he’s concerned with whether thousands of people can be added to a system he calls broken.

Senate Health and Social Services Committee chair Bert Stedman says he thinks that financially it works in the state’s best interests to go ahead with expansion and reform.

If expansion doesn’t pass, some believe Walker, by law, could seek authority from the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee to accept and spend federal money tied to expansion and that even if the committee disapproves, he could move forward.

A Walker spokeswoman says the administration is focused on working with lawmakers.