A group supporting rights for the disabled is calling for a special session of the General Assembly to restore Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities – or MAWD – to about 3,000 Missourians who had their benefits cut last year. Richard Blakley, Executive Director of Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence, says if the Governor does not call a special session, the Legislature should call a special session on its own. If the cuts to the 3,000 are restored, they would be able to receive Medicaid health benefits while working. The Legislature could call itself into special session by filing a petition signed by 75 percent of the membership of both the House and Senate. That works out to 123 Representatives and 26 Senators.
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