Senate Committee Passes Changes to Medicaid

Medicaid

By votes of 4-2, the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children voted to pass two bills regarding Medicaid. SJR 32 is a constitutional amendment that, if approved by the voters, would institute work requirements for Medicaid participants. Participants aged 19-64 would have to complete 80 hours a month working, looking for a job, pursuing an education, or participating in volunteer services. Medicaid participants who did not comply would lose medical benefits. The MCC opposed the bill, arguing that many people on Medicaid work seasonal or erratic jobs that would prevent them from reaching 80 hours of work per month. They could then be forced to go off and on Medicaid, which could be detrimental to those with chronic conditions.

The committee also passed SB 524, which would allow the Department of Social Services to apply for a global waiver (block grant) for the MO HealthNet program (Medicaid). According to supporters, this would give the state more flexibility to implement sustainable and cost-effective approaches to healthcare. The MCC opposed the bill because it could result in the state receiving less money than it currently receives, as well as the threat of people being thrown off the Medicaid rolls.

The bills now go to the Rules Committee for further consideration.

January 24, 2020 - 11:59am
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