Democrats Call for Investigation into Medicaid Rolls


Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), House minority leader, is calling for a legislative investigation to find out why 120,000 people have fallen off the state's Medicaid rolls since January 2018. She has asked House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) to have the Special Committee on Government Oversight look into the situation and come up with solutions. Last year, Missouri was third in the nation in Medicaid drop-offs. In addition, 95,000 of the 120,000 now without coverage are children.

Republicans have cited several reasons for the drop-off, including an improving economy and the fact that the federal mandate that people carry health insurance or face a tax penalty has ended. Republicans have been looking for ways to bring down the cost curve of Medicaid for years, as it has now grown from about 17% of the state budget in 2009 to about 24% in 2018.

In her letter to Speaker Haahr, Quade said legislators should carefully examine whether the cost reductions are at the expense of people who need health care and aren't getting it, especially children. In response, Speaker Haahr says he has requested more information from the Governor's office and would be open to a legislative investigation.

July 26, 2019 - 11:57am

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