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Senate Battles Over Medicaid Cuts

March 14, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

State lawmakers battle whether to block thousands of Missourians from receiving Medicaid.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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State Senators could vote tonight on Governor Matt Blunt's plan to cut thousands of Missourians from Medicaid.

During the first hour of debate, State Senator Pat Dougherty said Missouri could face a crisis if the plan passes.

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Contents: "This is a flawed and failed problem, a flawed and failed piece of legislation. We will not stand by for these cruel cuts."

Blunt's plan would tigten income requirments for receiving Medicaid.

Dougherty says he expects the Senate debate to go late into the night.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.