House approves spending bill to cover Medicaid costs

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Updated: 2/22/2013 5:50 am

The Texas House quickly approved a supplemental spending bill that will cover some $4.5 billion in Medicaid costs.

Two-years ago, Lawmakers didn't set aside enough money to cover the costs. So, with the clock ticking legislators had to approve the bill.

Some house members wanted to tack on some additional monies to cover the $5.4 billion cut to education.

Lubbock State Representative Charles Perry said, "There were some amendments to discuss education and they were tabled effectively moved to different time. This was not the appropriate vehicle to talk about education funding. We have another supplemental bill that will be coming out at the end of the session along with the major bill that will be talking about the education deferral."

House Bill 10 is now headed to the Senate and has to be signed into law by March in order for health care providers to get paid for serving those on Medicaid.

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