Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has introduced legislation requiring the federal government to reimburse states for all Medicaid costs incurred by helping displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. Normally states share the cost of Medicaid. Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn co-sponsored the bill. Hutchison says the total cost is unknown.
Democratic Houston Congressman Gene Green has introduced similar legislation in the House. Lawmakers hope to rush the bill through congress before the end of next week.