Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City | Courtesy of senate.mo.gov

Senate Suspends Medicaid Debate After Republicans Clash



Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City | Courtesy of senate.mo.gov
Ryan Silvey | Courtesy of senate.mo.gov

Senate discussion of Medicaid reform was stopped indefinitely when debate between two Republican Senators devolved into personal criticism. The disagreement was between Sen. Ryan Silvey of Kansas City, who proposes state fixes to problems with the Affordable Care act, and John Lamping of St. Louis, who opposes any accommodation with the ACA.

Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard said problems with the bill need to be worked out away from the Senate floor and he’s not sure when he will let it resume. Silvey has informally proposed that the state provide insurance for adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, the federal government’s Medicaid expansion level, but would also make extensive changes to assistance programs for the poor.

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