A new legislative session might have started, but old arguments are still being debated. House Speaker Rod Jetton defends Medicaid cuts pushed through last year by Republicans, saying they saved the program without harming the state’s poorest residents. Jetton proposes restoring a portion of the disabled workers program cut last year – a proposal the leading Democrat, Jeff Harris, applauds as a move in the right direction. But Harris says Jetton’s proposal focuses too much on Sheltered Workshops and leaves out hundreds of disabled workers who have been forced to quit jobs to keep public health benefits.
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