House Speaker Richardson to lead Missouri Medicaid program

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson will become the new director of MO HealthNet, the state-run health insurance program for low-income Missourians, Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday.

MO HealthNet provides health insurance for about 940,000 low-income people annually. It controls about $10 billion dollars, or roughly one-third of Missouri’s budget.

The state Medicaid program has not had a permanent director in nearly two years.

Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, led Missouri Republicans in approving a raft of their legislative priorities as the leader of the House. He earned a reputation for handling high-profile and complex legislation.

He will take over the new role Nov. 1. He was already scheduled to leave office at the end of the year due to term limits.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Public Radio

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