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State lawmakers don't act on Medicaid proposal

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut lawmakers are holding off on a vote giving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration the go-ahead to seek federal permission to tighten eligibility rules for the state's 2-year-old Medicaid health insurance program for needy, single adults.

Members of the legislature's Appropriations and Human Services Committees heard testimony on Tuesday about the plan that would impose new asset tests for current and future applicants to the Low Income Adult program known commonly as LIA.

Committee leaders said they wanted to continue talks with the Department of Social Services about its application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Advocates for the needy and some LIA recipients urged lawmakers to oppose the changes, which could lead to more than 13,000 people losing coverage.

Lawmakers have until Aug. 18 to act.

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