The House and Senate have each passed their own budget and now must hammer out an agreement on the spending plan that will take effect July 1.
In at least two cases the company claimed to have provided services after clients had died.
The Republican-led Senate voted down a Democratic attempt to insert $890 million of federal funds into Missouri’s budget to expand Medicaid.
Rallying with one of the largest crowds of the year, Gov. Nixon urged activists to implore reluctant lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage.
The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions surrounding the department.
What would expansion do to public school funding? Could Mo. tax money go to other states?
The 2014 budget plan would provide a roughly 2 percent increase for public K-12 schools, colleges and universities. But school funding would still fall $620 million short.
The bill Sponsored by Sen. Tom Dempsey would eliminate the program altogether and use the savings to pay more to Medicaid providers.
“It is the time to make the smart business decision, the right human decision, and bring the tax dollars we send to Washington back here to work in Missouri”
The study by the Society of Actuaries says Missouri’s projected cost increase would be the eighth highest among states.