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Gov. Jay Nixon's agenda: Medicaid

1:06 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
Gov. Jay Nixon. Photo credit: MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says he'll continue trying to expand Medicaid health coverage to more Missourians.

The Democratic governor campaigned throughout this year's legislative session to increase Medicaid eligibility for lower-income adults as called for under the federal health care law. Nixon's proposal would have tapped more than $900 million in federal funds to cover about 260,000 adults.

But the Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected the plan, citing concerns about the potential long-term costs.

Nixon sent a letter Tuesday to supporters of Medicaid expansion calling this year's defeat a "temporary setback." He urged supporters to continue talking to neighbors, colleagues and local officials.

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