Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune http://tpr.org en Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion http://tpr.org/post/texas-democrats-see-path-medicaid-expansion Despite Gov.&#160;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.<p>It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.<p>But state Sen.&#160;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rodney-ellis/">Rodney Ellis</a>, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”<p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:42:16 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 2717 at http://tpr.org Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion