Senate Republicans' plan to control increasing Medicaid costs began Wednesday in committee.
Wrap: The measure would ask the federal government to give a lump sum of Medicaid funds rather than paying for each person in the state program.
Democratic Senator Jill Schupp said the waiver would mean less federal money for Missourians than Obamacare would have given.
|Description: We had an opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid originally to one-hundred percent.|
Republicans said the state's need to control costs is vital for education and other programs.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jack Morrisroe
Missouri's population-based funding for Medicaid was challenged at a Senate hearing Wednesday.
Wrap: Republican Senator David Sater said changes to Medicaid are necessary to better fund state programs such as education.
|Description: This open-ended entitlement has resulted in a runaway spending that is bankrupting this state.|
Both Democrats on the committee argued the measure was too broad and would leave all Medicaid recipients uncertain of their benefits.
The bill was not specific on how to control Medicaid spending, but Republicans said health savings accounts and more co-payments would be considered.
Reporting from the state Captiol, I'm Jack Morrisroe