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State House Of Representatives Defeats Medicaid Expansion

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The South Carolina House has approved a $6.3 billion spending plan for state revenue after rejecting Democrats' efforts to expand Medicaid eligibility as part of the budget.

The House voted 110-8 late Tuesday on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The debate centered on proposals by Democrats to accept Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law and extend coverage to hundreds of thousands of poor adults starting in January. The House voted along party lines to defeat several attempts.

The 2010 federal law initially made Medicaid expansion mandatory. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it optional for states.

The 2013-14 budget proposal requires another vote of approval Wednesday before heading to the Senate.

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