Bill Bars Future Governors From Medicaid Expansion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN (AP) The House has approved requiring any decision by a future Texas governor to expand Medicaid first be approved by the Legislature.

Republican Rep. Jeff Leach of Plano tacked an amendment Monday night onto an omnibus long-term care bill. Approved 87-57, it bars future governors from unilaterally accepting increased federal funding by expanding Medicaid under the White House-backed health care law.

The measure must still be approved by the Senate.

Gov. Rick Perry says Texas won't expand Medicaid. But Leach's amendment ensures any other governor or state health commissioner can't move to do so without approval in the Texas Senate and House.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully to block Leach's amendment on parliamentary errors, and some Republicans argued against it.

But Leach said lawmakers "ought to be involved" in the decision.

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