AUSTIN (April 22, 2013)--Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Texas will face another hurdle when the House and Senate meet to hammer out a new state budget.
The House on Monday instructed its budget negotiators not to vote on provisions that would expand Medicaid eligibility.
Advocates say extending the program could provide as many as 1 million low-income Texans some health care coverage, but Gov. Rick Perry says the expansion of the program would bankrupt Texas.
Both the full House and Senate have passed state budgets for 2014-15.
Negotiators from the two chambers now must hash out the differences in the final weeks of the session.
The proposal to exclude House budget negotiators from voting on Medicaid expansion was made by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, who chairs the House Republican caucus.
The measure passed 77-68.