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Missouri Lawmakers Crackdown on Medicaid

Date: November 15, 2010
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

With the expanded Republican majority, the Missouri House budget committee made Medicaid and welfare are the first items up for review. Rebecca Stephen has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: The first program to be evaluated was Medicaid by the Missouri House of Representatives Interim Budget Committee.

Kirksville Republican Representative Rick Stream says for the Department of Social Services to look for the most efficient way to spend Missouri citizen's tax dollars.   

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Description: "That's what I think this committee wants you to do, is to look for cost savings as if it is coming out of your own pocket."

Department of Social Services Deputy Director Brian Kinkade says everyone in their department are taxpayers as well and they also want to see a good and efficient program.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen. 

The Missouri House's expanded Republican Majority brings Medicaid and welfare up to be analyzed by the budget committee first.
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Wrap: The Missouri House Interim Budget Committee is taking a closer look at three of the Departments that run Medicaid in Missouri to find where cuts can be made.

Missouri Department of Social Services Deputy Director Brian Kinkade says the representatives need to remember how important these programs are to the people that need them.

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Description: "From the perspective of the individual who's currently uninsured and has unmet health needs and has trouble finding a physician, dentist, nurse practicer, others to care for them, that's a significant advance for their life."

Clay County Republican Representative Ryan Silvey says he wants to know that services in Missouri are being operated as efficiently as possible.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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