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(2008-03-25)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - After lengthy debate, a divided state
Senate has passed a spending plan providing health care to the
poor, elderly and disabled.
Republicans who control the chamber blocked Democrats' efforts
to continue allowing 19- and 20-year-olds to get Medicaid.
Democrats also were unable to create pilot mental health courts
for criminals with mental illnesses. The courts could have diverted
some offenders to community-based treatment rather than sending
them to jail.
Democrats say their amendments are crucial to people's health.
Republicans say overall spending would rise $400 million, and
they're ensuring the most vulnerable are protected.
The Senate passed the bill 20 to 18 Tuesday, mostly along party
lines. The House takes it up next month.
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