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Governor's proposal on Medicaid kicks in; will cost $3.5 million

October 1, 2002
By: Julian Pecquet
State Capital Bureau

The governor's staff says Holden doesn't know where he'll find 3.5 million dollars he pledged to help Medicaid recipients.

Julian Pecquet has the story from JC

The governor's plan lets some aid recipients keep more of their money and still qualify for Medicaid.

But now his spokeswoman Chris Kelly says finding that money isn't the governor's problem. It's up to the department of social services.

Quote: "he said, 'look, you know what, you guys have to find a way to get this done.' And so he has charged the department with finding that money and they're going to have to look and see where it can come from."

The governor's office estimates that 25,000 Missourians will benefit from this change.

In JC, I'm Julian Pecquet

Gov. Bob Holden's new rules for Medicaid eligibility are kicking in.

Julian Pecquet has the story from Jefferson City.

Under the plan, some aid recipients get to keep more of their money and still qualify for Medicaid. This change is expected to cost 3.5 million dollars, but budget director Linda Luebbering says the state could save money in the long run.

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"We believe this is the most efficient way of dealing with this isue. We believe there may be some clients who would have to go into institutional care absent these changes, and that would be more expensive."

The governor's office estimates that 25,000 Missourians will benefit from this change.

Some lawmakers say Gov. Bob Holden's new proposal to increase Medicaid should have been worked out during the Legislature.

Julian Pecquet has the story from JC

The governor's plan lets some aid recipients keep more of their money and still qualify for Medicaid.

Rep. Patrick Naeger says that's a job for the legislative process.

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"Quite frankly I'm puzzled at a lot of things the governor has done on his own power and really subverted the process of the Legislature."

Holden's office says 25,000 Missourians will benefit from this change.