Restoration of Scaled-Down Medicaid Program Clears House

MARCH 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Legislation restoring limited Medicaid benefits for the working disabled goes to the Missouri Senate.

The Houes approved the measure yesterday on a vote of 152-to-2.

Lawmakers voted last year to eliminate the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program.  At the time, the program was serving nearly 17,000 people at an annual cost of $250 million.

This year's bill would create a scaled-down version projected to serve 1,800 working people with disabilities.  The measure would also restore or improve Medicaid coverage for about 1,300 people who work in sheltered workshops.

Those two changes are projected to cost about $20 million.

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