State Dems plan to address gov's Medicaid concerns

WASHINGTON — California's Democratic congressional leaders say they hope to address concerns raised by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about the cost of health insurance legislation.

Schwarzenegger wrote members of the state's congressional delegation this week and asked them not to impose new costs through an expansion of Medicaid. He estimated that the health care legislation being debated in Congress would cost the state an extra $3 billion to $4 billion annually.

Brendan Daly, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says health care legislation in the House is more favorable to California than in the Senate because it provides higher reimbursement.

He did not address Schwarzenegger's plea to let states trim Medicaid rolls and services to deal with their budget deficits.

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