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.