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November 20. 2013 2:28PM

Senate president: Medicaid expansion agreement unlikely

CONCORD – Lawmakers are not likely to find common ground on Medicaid expansion Thursday after talks came to a halt Wednesday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said the Senate refuses to budge on its plan, while Senate President Charles Morse, R-Salem, said it is unlikely an agreement will be reached.

"A whole new model is not going to happen tomorrow," Morse said. "We have (a model) on the floor now that exists already" referring to his own plan.

Hassan said Morse told her earlier Wednesday he is tired of talking about expansion. "He told me this is too difficult," she said. "He really wants to get to 'no' instead of 'yes.'"

Hassan said her office offered a compromise plan Wednesday morning, but Morse rejected it. The compromise will be offered in the Democratically-controlled House bill Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said there are too many moving parts to reach an agreement on the details that need to be addressed in less than 24 hours.

"It's an opportunity lost in the special session, I'm afraid," Bradley said.

grayno@unionleader.com


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