Nearly 113,000 dropped from Missouri Medicaid program

4 weeks 7 hours 49 minutes ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 Monday, July 22, 2019 2:03:00 PM CDT July 22, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press & Jiaoran Qin, KOMU Digital Producer

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Close to 90,000 children and 23,000 adults have been dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health insurance program in the past year.

House Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade is calling for a legislative investigation.

Quade publicly released a letter she wrote to Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr Sunday. In the letter, she asked him to create a committee of lawmakers to investigate the cause of the decline.

Haahr didn't immediately comment Monday.

Quade says the drop doesn't appear to be caused by an improving economy. She says if that were the case, Missouri would have also seen a similar drop in the number of people receiving food stamps.

An Associated Press request for comment to the Department of Social Services, which oversees Medicaid, was not immediately returned Monday.

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