Missouri Senate votes to raise caps for some to get Medicaid
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's Republican-controlled Senate has advanced a bill that would expand eligibility for persons with disabilities to receive Medicaid.
Senators advanced the bill in a voice vote Tuesday and will vote a second time before it moves to the House.
Currently single Missourians can't have more than $1,000 in assets to qualify for the federal health care program, with married couples capped at $2,000.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey's bill would increase that to $2,000 and $4,000 respectively, with those caps to increase yearly.
The legislation spurred debate between two GOP lawmakers over a larger expansion of the federal health care program.
Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey of Kansas City is one of a few GOP members in support of larger expansion. Party leaders have called it a nonstarter.