Senate Budget Committee proposes Medicaid cuts

The Missouri Senate Budget Committee approved a spending plan Tuesday that authorizes about $55 million less for Medicaid than the Department of Health and Senior Services requested.

Committee chair Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, had warned that projected increases in Medicaid spending threatened to overwhelm revenue for the next year, making boosts to other programs impossible.

““They’re looking for authority to spend a certain amount of money and they’re making various assumptions, and usually the Department always wants to have more money than they really need and so they estimate high,” Schaefer said. “We try and … not estimate low, but estimate what we believe is a more factual number.”

The committee also sought tighten House language diverting money from Planned Parenthood and funnel it to other providers that Republicans say can provide comparable services to women without providing abortions.

Read more: Missourinet

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