Schaaf takes on state health care system

State Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, is joining with a Missouri House colleague in a bid to change health care in the state.

Mr. Schaaf has introduced a bill in the Senate this session that he said would increase access to providers, insert competition in the market and allow consumers to know the cost of health care in advance by requiring price transparency. He said the legislation offers reforms to the private sector and to Medicaid by relying on market-based solutions to bring down costs.

The legislation addresses Medicaid reform with a pilot program that uses health savings accounts for qualifying recipients.