Senate Leader Wants Tort Reform Tied To Medicaid Expansion

State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin | Photo courtesy of Ron Richard's office
Ron Richard | Photo courtesy of Ron Richard's office

The Majority Leader in the Senate says he doesn’t think legislation that expands Medicaid will get anywhere in his chamber in 2014, but if a deal does emerge, he wants tort reform with it. Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says colleagues are telling him that “if we get Medicaid expansion from the House they’re going to slow it down.”

Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) is the Chairman of the House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation. He just presented to that Committee his proposal for Medicaid reform that attempts to save the state money over the life of Medicaid expansion.

He notes the Supreme Court last year threw out a 2005 tort reform law. And the legislature overturned Governor Jay Nixon’s vetoes of three pieces of tort legislation in September’s veto session.

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