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House Delays Medicaid Proposal (Feb 28, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has delayed a vote on Speaker T.W. Shannon's proposal to prohibit the state's Medicaid authority from paying for emergency contraception coverage.

Rep. David Derby of Owasso says he made a motion to return the bill to a calendar committee at Shannon's request. Derby says he plans to offer an amendment to address some concerns lawmakers had with the bill.

The proposal would prevent the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees Medicaid programs in the state, from covering the use of the so-called ``morning-after'' pill. Many conservatives say they consider the pill's use to be an abortion and don't want the state supporting it.

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