This week, the Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee heard a bill that would allow Missouri to request a global waiver for Medicaid services. Under SB 77, sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville), the state could request a block grant from the federal government to cover the cost of Medicaid. Sen. Sater reported that Medicaid is an entitlement program that has grown 55% in 10 years in Missouri and that efforts need to be made to control the cost. Numerous witnesses, including the MCC, testified against the bill, noting that if Missouri receives the global waiver, the state would have to pick up any costs above the federal funding in the event of a funding shortfall. The federal government currently pays 65% of the cost of services. Reduced funding would also limit the flexibility the state currently has to meet the health care needs of Missourians. The committee took no action on the bill.
March 15, 2019 - 1:32pm