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Medicaid Provider Fraud Does Not Pass the Legislature

Missouri lawmakers ended their regular session Friday. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, two key healthcare issues did NOT pass the legislature.

By the time the last day of the session rolled around, most of the legislature's priority bills were already on their way to the governor: a ten percent ethanol mandate for gasoline, harsher penalties for sex offenders whose victims are under the age of 12, restrictions on eminent domain.

One of the key issues that did NOT pass was legislation to crack down on healthcare providers who engage in Medicaid fraud.

The House Democratic Floor Leader Jeff Harris calls it a missed opportunity.

Senate Republicans say they were also disappointed a Medicaid fraud bill is NOT on its way to the governor's desk.

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons says the Senate sent the House meaningful legislation but the House failed to act.

House Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden says the differences between the House and Senate were just too great to overcome.

In addition to Medicaid provider fraud legislation, lawmakers did not send the governor a bill to restore Medicaid coverage to some working disabled...That too had been a legislative priority.