Missouri House panel OKs added funds for Medicaid drug costs
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Despite concerns from Republican lawmakers about Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's withholding money from programs this year, most of his 2015 supplemental budget request is moving forward.
A Missouri House panel on Tuesday approved additional spending for 2015, including $120 million in general funds.
Republican lawmakers have previously criticized the request while the governor's office continues to withhold about $451 million from other priorities this year.
State budget director Linda Lueberring said the additional money is for bills that have to be paid.
About $82 million of that is for increased costs in the state's Medicaid pharmacy program, primarily from the high cost of providing new Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.
The measure must be approved by the full House before going to the Senate.