A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.
Senators Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.
Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.
Missouri lawmakers continue debating bills in the closing minutes of the 2012 regular session.
Among the bills passed so far today is one that would require legislative approval before a health care exchange can be created in Missouri. State Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) accused Governor Jay Nixon (D) of trying last year to create an exchange via executive order.
The budget chairman for the Missouri House is not happy with the Senate’s decision early today (Wednesday) to restore 28 million dollars for blind pensions. An amendment by GOP Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County reversed the cut that the House wanted to use for Higher Education.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget. The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap state spending, based on each year’s inflation rate and population growth. The vote split almost entirely along party lines.