Tentative approval has been given to the resurrection of a Medicaid program eliminated last year. The new program will be more modest in scope as it allows the disabled to hold a job while holding on to Medicaid health care coverage. Representative Charles Portwood of Ballwin sponsors the legislation. Portwood’s bill contains a three-year sunset measure. It should cover 3,200 workers at a cost to the state of about $7.5-Million. The old Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program, known as MAWD, grew well beyond initial projections, leading the Legislature to discontinue it last session. Enrollees will have to pay a 7-and-a-half percent premium and will be able to save money in health and independent living accounts to offset certain expenses without imperiling eligibility.
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