State Rep. Lichtenegger calls on Gov. Nixon to release funding, restore dental benefits to MO Medicaid

State Rep. Lichtenegger calls on Gov. Nixon to release funding, restore dental benefits to MO Medicaid

MISSOURI (KFVS) - State Rep. Donna Lichtenegger called on Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday to release more than $47.4 million in funding approved by the legislature to restore adult dental services to about 300,000 Missouri Medicaid recipients.

Lichtenegger said the governor has repeatedly taken issue with the legislature for its refusal to approve an outright expansion of Medicaid without accompanying reforms.

She said she was both disappointed and confused by his decision to then withhold funds approved by the House and Senate to re-institute a program that can dramatically improve health outcomes for adult Medicaid recipients.

The funding approved by the legislature and withheld by the governor includes $17 million in general revenue and another $30.4 million in federal funds that would be used to restore limited dental benefits for those Medicaid eligible adults who currently do not have access to dental services. Lichtenegger said the funds would have restored these benefits for the first time since September of 2005.

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