Missouri committee looks at requiring certain Medicaid recipients to work

Ozarks Politics

JEFFERSON CITY. Mo. — A push to require specific Medicaid recipients to either work or perform community service made its way before the Missouri House Budget Committee on May 5.

If approved, the proposed legislation would make its way to the ballot for voters to decide.

The bill makes several exceptions, including for individuals with disabilities.

Some of the concerns raised by some lawmakers include pushing the legislation at a time when jobs are hard to find and some parents staying at home due to closed schools.

“They may not be able to sustain their employment and may end up losing their benefits and then not qualifying,” said Rep. Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City).

“A scenario like a pandemic the department of social services would have the latitude to waive the requirements for those that did not have child care due to something like the pandemic we’re currently experiencing,” said Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage).

The bill would also end state payments to hospitals for patients who are not Missouri citizens.

Missouri hospitals near bordering states say that would cost them millions of dollars.

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