Lawmakers say no to Missouri HMEs

Friday, June 30, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri providers head back to the drawing board this month after language in a social services bill failed to pass muster
with lawmakers.
Last August, cuts to the state Medicaid program eliminated coverage for items like batteries, walkers and
nebulizer compressors.
H.B. 1011, the state's social services bill, would have given reinstated coverage for most of these items.
The bill had passed the House in March and was expected by providers to clear the Senate in late May. However, some lawmakers expressed concern that the DME language as written would pave the way for beneficiaries to file suit if a piece of medical equipment was rejected for any reason, said Brady Vestal, Missouri chair for the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services.