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Nixon Brings Medicaid Expansion Push to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is bringing his push for Medicaid expansion to St. Louis tonight.

Nixon and state Rep. Tommie Pierson are scheduled to host a community meeting at Greater St. Mark Family Church downtown at 6:30 p.m. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering is also scheduled to speak.

The Democratic governor wants Missouri accept more than $1.7 billion of federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 300,000 lower-income adults under the federal health care law. Republican lawmakers in Jefferson City have consistently rejected that approach but propose other changes to Medicaid.

After a month of hearings, a state Senate committee advanced legislation today that would revamp the way Medicaid is administered in Missouri.

The bill endorsed Thursday would shift more children and adults into managed care policies that more closely resemble private insurance.

It also would cover many seniors and disabled through a new kind of arrangement called a coordinated care organization. The groups could include regional partnerships among hospitals, doctors and pharmacists that coordinate care for Medicaid patients.

The 6-4 vote by Senate health committee means the legislation now can be debated by the full Senate.

The legislation does not include a provision sought by Gov. Jay Nixon and other Democrats to expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

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