COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- House Republicans will lay out their alternative to expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law.

Republicans plan to detail their plan during Thursday's Ways and Means Committee meeting. Members are wrapping up work on their 2013-14 spending plan before sending it to the House floor.

Gov. Nikki Haley opposes expanding eligibility of the government health care program to more poor adults. She says the state can't afford the eventual cost of covering hundreds of thousands of additional people.

Democrats point out it won't cost the state anything for three years.

Haley praises the House GOP plan as targeting hotspots of poor health. It follows initiatives by Medicaid director Tony Keck. Those include reimbursing rural hospitals 100 percent of their costs for treating patients without health care.

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