WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation Friday to delay for three months the Jan. 1 effective date of controversial new Medicaid financing rules, but lawmakers continued to push for a more permanent solution to the ongoing flap over the regulations.

In a surprise move, the panel decided to send to the full Senate, with no recommendation, a second bill, which would codify a comprehensive agreement worked out between the National Governors Association and the Health Care Financing administration to ease the rules and make them effective Oct. 1, 1992.

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