Missouri Senate Panel Backs Medicaid Managed Care

Date 2014/3/13 10:22:52 | Topic: News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a month of hearings, a state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would revamp the way Medicaid is administered in Missouri.
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The bill endorsed Thursday would shift more children and adults into managed care policies that more closely resemble private insurance.

It also would cover many seniors and disabled through a new kind of arrangement called a coordinated care organization. The groups could include regional partnerships among hospitals, doctors and pharmacists that coordinate care for Medicaid patients.

The 6-4 vote by Senate health committee means the legislation now can be debated by the full Senate.

The legislation does not include a provision sought by Gov. Jay Nixon and other Democrats to expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.



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