Work requirements recommended for Medicaid expansion

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A panel of lawmakers staked out conservative ground for Medicaid expansion on Wednesday, recommending work requirements for any proposal to expand medical coverage for the less affluent.

The panel also recommended that the Legislature allow Medicaid providers to opt out of providing medical services that they object to on religious grounds, such as providing birth control.

The special committee on Medicaid expansion included those recommendations in its report to the upcoming session of the Legislature.

The panel did not recommend an expansion bill, although it spent Tuesday and Wednesday discussing Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning's SSJ

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