Health Law Would Cost Less Than Texas Forecast

Gov. Perry says he'll reject any plan to expand Medicaid in Texas

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    NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 19: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry salutes as his wife Antia looks on at Hyatt Place January 19, 2012 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Perry, who placed fifth in Iowa and New Hampshire, announced his withdrawal from the presidential race and endorsed former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

    The health and human services commissioner has cut his estimate of what the federal health care law would cost Texas by 42 percent.

    Tom Suehs estimated on Thursday that if Texas fully implemented the law, it would cost Texas $15 billion to $16 billion over 10 years. That is down from his original estimate of $26 billion to $27 billion to expand Medicaid.

    But Gov. Rick Perry has said he will reject any attempt to expand Medicaid in Texas to provide nearly 2 million people with health insurance.

    Suehs, who was updating lawmakers on the Affordable Care Act, says the revised estimate is the result of new information and spending estimates.

    He says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes it difficult to know exactly how much the law would cost.