Lawmakers claim they have solution to health care cuts for disabled and elderly Missourians

The leader of the Missouri Senate says that negotiators have found a way to restore health care services for thousands of disabled and elderly Missourians.

In a statement issued Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said negotiators had put together a “workable solution” that would maintain services for about 8,000 Medicaid recipients.

He didn’t outline the plan but confirmed an earlier report that it had been presented to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens’ spokesman Parker Briden said he had seen Richard’s statement but could not immediately comment on it.

Richard’s statement came two hours after a joint statement issued by House Speaker Todd Richardson and Budget Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick, who acknowledged paths forward to reverse the cuts. But they also said far fewer people than expected were losing services under the controversial new scoring system.

According to the Department of Health and Senior Services, of the 1,008 participants who have been evaluated under the new threshold, only 30 people have had their services altered.

Noting those figures, Richardson was noncommittal on whether the Legislature should address the funding issue in a special session or when lawmakers meet in January.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

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