BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal for Louisiana to tap into the federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has won approval from the state Senate's health committee, despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send a modified Medicaid expansion bill to the full Senate for debate.
The proposal seeks to provide health insurance coverage to adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level - less than $32,000 for a family of four. The federal government would pay for most of the coverage.
Supporters say it would give health insurance to thousands of working adults who can't afford it and improve health outcomes.
Opponents say the increased insurance coverage would be too costly for Louisiana and could shift people from private insurance to government-funded health care.