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Missouri House GOP rejects children's healthcare expansion

Kansas City Star, February 26, 2009

Missouri House Republicans have shot down an attempt by Democratic lawmakers and the governor to reduce healthcare premiums and increase access for thousands of children. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, had proposed expanding the number of families eligible to enroll their children in the State Children's Health Insurance Program for free and capping the monthly premium for others in his supplemental budget. Republicans on the House Budget Committee, however, did not include the recommendation in the budget bill.