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Lawmakers hold hearing on federal health care law

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal may have decided Louisiana won't expand its Medicaid program, but state lawmakers don't appear so settled on the issue.

Lawmakers got a crash course Wednesday on the details of the federal health care law, and the Senate and House Insurance committees are asking for more research and analysis.

Republican Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, chairman of the Senate committee, says he wants more details about the costs and benefits of an expansion.

Morrish says the people of Louisiana deserve to know whether state leaders are making the right decision in refusing billions in federal health care funding. He says right now, he doesn't know if it's the appropriate choice.

Jindal calls the Medicaid expansion an inappropriate growth of an inefficient, government-run health program and too costly for states.

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