Nixon visits Jackson, MO signing bill expanding medicaid coverage

Nixon visits Jackson, MO signing bill expanding medicaid coverage

(KFVS) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be making stops in St. Louis, Farmington and Jackson today as he signs a new law making it easier for people with disabilities to get access to Medicaid.

House Bill 1565 expands Medicaid eligibility for Missourians who are elderly, blind or disabled to qualify for Medicaid, including in-home help.

Essentially, the new law raises the amount people can have in savings or other assets, and still qualify for state medical insurance program.

Starting in 2018, the asset limits for blind and disabled individuals increases from $1,000 to $5,000. For couples the limit goes up from $2,000 to $10,000.

That means people will be able to qualify for Medicaid, and still be able to have enough savings to deal with potential emergencies or other needs.

Backers of the bill say right now many elderly or disabled people have to spend down their savings before being able to get much-needed state assistance like getting home health care or moving into a nursing home.

Lawmakers estimate this will add about 10,000 people on to Missouri's Medicaid program.

Nixon will be at LIFE, Inc. on E. Karsch Blvd in Farmington at 12:30 p.m.

The governor will be at the Cape Girardeau County Administrative Building on Barton Square in Jackson at 3:00 p.m.

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