Stumbo says House has options for Medicaid budget compromise

03/17/2011 03:47 PM

FRANKFORT — After three days of talks between leaders of both parties in the House, Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo said they have cleared a key hurdle in the negotiations.

Stumbo said leaders have hammered out “concrete proposals” on a fix to the Medicaid budget that both the House Republican and House Democratic leaders will share with their caucuses soon.

Stumbo spoke to reporters briefly before the House finished its work a little after 2 p.m. on the fourth day of the 2011 special session.

The goal is to pass a compromise by Monday. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee is scheduled for it’s fourth meeting of the special session that day.

And Stumbo said the compromise would be different that what the House has previously proposed.

After the General Assembly adjourned for the day, Senate President David Williams sent a letter to Stumbo and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins asking for communication about the Medicaid bill.

Williams said senators are worried about the length of time it has taken the House to send a bill across the Capitol.

Neither side has communicated about a fix to the Medicaid budget since a conference committee ended without a report last Tuesday.

To see Williams letter to Stumbo, click on the link:
DLW Sprkr Ltr re SS Schedule 3_17_11.pdf [44.58KB]
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Stumbo, before receiving the letter, said he wanted to get agreement in his own chamber before talking to the Senate.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston

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