Budget deal reached, session extension looms

Clay Curtis
March 9, 2018

Florida legislators won't finish their work on time this year due to a deadlock over the state budget.

The bill received 79 yes votes, four more than it needed to pass. "We're still working on that with staff and trying to figure out how long it takes".

Republicans are split on whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia, one of 18 states that have rejected expanding the health care program for the poor under former President Barack Obama's health care law. That bill narrowly passed the Senate on Saturday and was approved by a tight margin in the House on Wednesday.

The Trump administration earlier this week approved Arkansas' request to require thousands on the Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer. Arkansas is the third state allowed to impose work requirements on Medicaid participants.

Republican legislators said Wednesday they thought they had reached an agreement on key elements behind closed doors, but the agreement comes too late for lawmakers to end their 60-day session as scheduled. The deciding vote came from an opponent of the program who said he wanted to avoid leaving the Medicaid budget in limbo until a special session after the seats were filled.

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"They've used every tool that I have ever seen used in this building to try to whip the votes for this (school-safety) bill", Lee said.

Arkansas' work requirement will affect non-disabled, childless adults on the plan who are 19 to 49 years old.

People affected by the change will be required to work or participate in other activities such as volunteering or vocational training for 20 hours a week.

General Assembly budget negotiators have broken off talks aiming to reconcile radically different House of Delegates and state Senate budgets.

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