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Portwood proposes changes to Ticket to Work program

February 13, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

One St. Louis lawmaker is trying to give disabled workers more financial assistance. Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Representative Charles Portwood proposed revising Missouri's Ticket to Work program Monday. His revisions allow allowing disabled workers to save more money that they've earned and still keep their health insurance.

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Contents: "What this bill does is go back to the original intent of the Ticket to Work program, cover those people in the middle ground that are truly working, try to move toward self-dependence, and give them the tools that they need so that they can be successful without the fear of them losing their health insurance."

Portwood says his plan is more fiscally responsible, adding that the original plan was only supposed to cost 19 million dollars, but ended up costing the state 14 million dollars a month. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.

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One St. Louis legislator wants to assist disabled workers with their health insurance. Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Representative Charles Portwood is proposing a revision to Missouri's Ticket to Work program. The original program is designed to allow disabled workers to work less and still keep their health insurance. But Portwood says the program isn't working.

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Contents: " The fact of the matter was the program wasn't covering the people that we wanted it to cover. We wanted the program to cover people who truly wanted to work to try to transition from state-dependence to self-dependence."

The original plan was supposed to cost around 19 million dollars, but ended up costing the state around 14 million dollars a month. Portwood says his plan will save the state millions of dollars. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.