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Tuesday Wrap: Medicaid expansion by any other name

Posted April 9, 2019 9:02 p.m. EDT

— House Republicans on Wednesday rolled out their own version of Medicaid expansion – don't call it that! – that they say will not only close the gap in coverage for thousands of low-income working adults but will also provide needed money to struggling rural hospitals.

A fix for hangups with using college student IDs to meet the state's new requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls also was filed Wednesday. It would remove the requirements that schools take the photos themselves and sign off under penalty of perjury to a series of ID requirements.

Meanwhile, a House committee knocked down the latest attempt to repeal the state's motorcycle helmet requirement, and the Senate passed a proposal to allow betting on college and professional sports and on horse racing at casinos run by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.