Proposal Would Restore Medicaid to More Than 3,100 Disabled

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A new proposal would restore health care coverage to more than 3,000 disabled people affected by last year's Medicaid cuts. The program, for the working disabled, was eliminated by Republican lawmakers and Governor Blunt because of its $250,000,000 price tag. Legislation introduced today by House member Chuck Portwood would re-start the program at a projected first-year cost of $16,000,000. The revised program is expected to serve a fraction of 17,000 people in the old program. But Portwood says the new program should provide people an incentive to work while eliminating the likelihood of abuse by participants.

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