Senate Panel Backs Medicaid Managed Care

JEFFERSON CITY • After a month of hearings, a state Senate committee narrowly voted Thursday to advance legislation that would revamp the way Medicaid is administered in Missouri to make it more like private insurance for many patients.

The legislation would shift more children and adults intomanaged care Medicaid policies run by insurance companies while authorizing a new model of coordinated care for many seniors and disabled patients.

The proposal is based on the recommendations of a special Senate committee appointed last year to study changes to Missouri’s Medicaid program, dubbed MO HealthNet, which serves about 840,000 people. The committee was led by Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, who also is sponsoring the legislation.

Source: Associated Press

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