Location Dispute Between Governor, Legislators May Scuttle Medicaid Meeting

Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The anticipated meeting next week between Gov. Jay Nixon and top legislative leaders, to discuss health care and Medicaid, may be on the ropes as a result of a dispute between the two camps over how and where the session would proceed.

Nixon made public a tersely worded letter in which he took umbrage at – and rejected – the terms of the meeting stipulated by the chairmen of the House and Senate Interim Committees on Medicaid Transformation and Reform.

The session will be rescheduled only if the legislators reconsider, the governor’s staff said. His reply was in response to a letter that the chairman had sent this week to Nixon, in which they accepted his Nov. 5 invitation to a meeting next Tuesday – but then detailed their terms. The governor would be allowed to make an “opening address’’ to legislators and the public, but it would be held in the House Lounge, not his planned location in the Governor’s Office Building, which is two blocks east of the Capitol.

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