Democrats Call for Investigation into Medicaid Rolls

Medicaid

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
Categories: 

Latest Posts

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Federal Executions by Lethal Injection

This week, the Supreme Court turned away a major challenge to the federal government's lethal injection protocol. This paves the way for four...Read more

Governor Parson Makes Cuts to FY2021 Budget

With no federal aid in sight, Governor Mike Parson cut $459 million in state FY 2021 spending before signing the FY 2021 budget....Read more

Missouri House Budget Committee Votes to Restart State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program

The Missouri House Budget Committee met this week and voted to restart the state low-income housing tax credit program (LIHTC) to encourage developers...Read more

Subscribe to Blog