Missouri lawmakers, hospitals blast roll-out of Medicaid amendment

Missouri lawmakers this week criticized the Department of Social Services for its enactment of a new Medicaid amendment, with one key legislator suggesting the state should delay the amendment because of a “bungled” roll-out.

The amendment reduced by 10 percent reimbursements to hospitals that don’t participate in the state’s three managed care plans. Officials from affected hospitals have called it a financial disaster.

Hospital officials say the amendment’s implementation was rushed. Department of Social Services officials disagree, although they have admitted to problems with a public comment period about the amendment.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee, said during a hearing Tuesday that the comment period amounted to a “sham process” and that the state should request the managed care companies delay enacting the amendment because of that.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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