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Thousands Expected to Demand Medicaid Expansion

By CHRIS TOMLINSON
|  Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:32 AM CDT
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Thousands Expected to Demand Medicaid Expansion

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Thousands of protesters are expected to march on the Texas Capitol to demand that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Thousands of protesters are expected to march on the Texas Capitol to demand that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people.

Families of the poor and disabled say they will join health care providers on Tuesday in also demanding that Texas fully reimburse doctors for their treatment.

Republican lawmakers have so far refused to expand Medicaid, complaining that the system is broken. But advocates say that if legislators properly funded the program it would work properly. They also want the Legislature to approve $15 billion in additional spending over the next 10 years to pull down $100 billion in matching federal funds.

Perry and Republican leaders have said they will expand Medicaid if the state is exempted from federal regulations. Compromise talks are under way.

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