Showdown over Medicaid looms for Missouri Legislature

Medicaid is expected to be the focus of a major battle in the Missouri Legislature’s session that starts next month. Close to one in six state residents receive benefits from the federally subsidized program.

The state’s contribution to assist in financing Medicaid will spike by hundreds of millions of dollars in the upcoming fiscal year.

Key Republicans in the GOP dominated legislature have said major cost-cutting measures need to be implemented. Incoming House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Justin Alferman of Herman says Medicaid is starting to drain money out of other important programs.

Republicans are considering a number of plans they say would bring Medicaid costs under control. One would require recipients to pay fees for services, while another would implement a work requirement to receive the benefits.

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, who is a member of the House Budget Committee, contends putting restrictions on eligibility would hurt the people who need it most.

Read more: Missourinet

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