GOP idea to help CO. budget defeated in Senate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Republicans have been talking for months about trying to save money by seeking federal permission to cut Medicaid.

But the GOP plan has been handed a big defeat. A Democrat-controlled Senate committee voted Wednesday against a bill to seek a Medicaid waiver. With no similar bill pending in the Republican House, the idea to get a Medicaid waiver appears to be on life support in the Legislature.

The bill to seek a Medicaid waiver was rejected 5-4 on a party-line vote.

Democrats have repeatedly dismissed the waiver proposal as wishful thinking that could hurt needy patients if it were granted. Health groups and the state AARP also opposed the idea.


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