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Attorney general reviewing Medicaid court order

September 30, 2003
By: Megan Clarke
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri attorney general is reviewing a court injunction that is ordering the state to reissue dental and eyeglass care to Medicaid patients. Megan Clarke explains.

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In an effort to save money, Gov. Bob Holden signed budget bills in June 2002 and June 2003 to eliminate Medicaid dental and eyeglass services.

On Monday, St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer ordered Missouri to reinstate those benefits, saying the elimination of services violated state law.

Spokesman Scott Holste for Attorney General Jay Nixon says the office has not decided whether to appeal or not.

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We are reviewing the decision in order to determine whether or not we are going to appeal.

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The judgement comes after several medicaid recipients sued the Department of Social Services for the elimination of Medicaid services.