The Medicaid Reform Commission holds its final meeting, with panel members expected to decide on the final report sometime next week. The Commission is wrapping up its work. Senator Charlie Shields of St. Joseph, the Chairman, says there is concensus on such issues as wellness and personal responsibility. But, the six Republicans and four Democrats still have their differences in such areas as eligibility for benefits. He says that will have to be determined by legislative action. Senator Patrick Dougherty of St. Louis expects he and fellow Democrats ont he panel will say “no” to the report because, in his view, it does not do enough to address the needs of the uninsured. The final version will go to Commission members next week for their approval. Six votes are needed to send it to the House and Senate for the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
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