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Nixon says he'll seek to increase Medicaid eligibility in 2010

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he's still determined to boost the number of poor Missourians eligible for Medicaid.

The Democratic governor failed to persuade the GOP-led General Assembly earlier this year to expand Medicaid coverage to 35,000 low-income working parents. He says he'll try again when the 2010 session begins next month.

"We're looking for a number of options to make sure that (we'll) have the coverage...obviously it's a difficult budget time right now for us, and we have a challenging level of income on the state side," Nixon said.

Republican House leaders opposed expanding Medicaid coverage to "able-bodied adults," and touted a plan late in the 2009 session to provide 20,000 "uninsurable" Missourians with health coverage.

The 2010 session begins January 6th.

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