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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of a special Missouri House panel is outlining potential Medicaid changes that could expand coverage to lower-income adults while reducing it for children.

Jefferson City Republican Rep. Jay Barnes offered a detailed financial estimate Wednesday showing the potential changes could save about $42 million in revenues by the time the changes are fully implemented in 2021.

That figure assumes Missouri would spend more money to add adults living in poverty to its Medicaid rolls and subsidize private insurance policies through a federal online marketplace for adults earning slightly more than the poverty level.

It assumes savings to the state by eliminating Medicaid coverage for some children and blind adults. Barnes says they could get policies through the federally run health insurance exchange.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:25
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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTRS) Moments before an investigative report was supposed to broadcast on a St. Louis television station, it was pulled because the man highlighted in the story, was found dead.

Forty-year-old Jamie Hart filed a lawsuit against the "Better Business Bureau" in 2010, claiming the organization targeted him because he complained that the watchdog group wasn't’ treating him fairly. In the lawsuit, Hart asked for at least $500,000. The BBB denied any wrongdoing and the suit was dismissed a few months later.

Monday night, KSDK-TV decided to pull the "Five on Your Side" investigative story.

Investigators initially found no signs of foul play and the medical examiner said Hart did not suffer a heart attack. Toxicology tests are pending.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports station officials sent an e-mail to KSDK employees, that provided contact information for grief counselors.

 
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A woman charged with murder in the death of a toddler in 2011 will not go on trial this week as scheduled after her attorney was injured in an accident.

A mistrial was declared in St. Louis County on Tuesday in the second-degree murder trial of 31-year-old Jennifer M. Winkler, of Eureka. Her attorney, Neil Bruntrager, suffered a concussion during a fall. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Bruntrager was treated and released at a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Winkler is charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the shaking death of 13-month-old Lily Annabella Rieger. The girl was injured while Winkler was at her home watching Lily.

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is engaged to his partner just hours after the state Legislature approved same-sex marriage legislation.

State Rep. Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach proposed to his partner during a celebration Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. The couple has been together three years and has three children.

Yingling tells The Associated Press they'll get a marriage license as soon as the law goes into effect in June.

The Democrat says he's been carrying a ring back and forth to Springfield for about a year, waiting for the chance to propose.

He says the two grew up in Illinois and wanted to get married in their home state.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll the bill this month. Illinois will become the 15th state to allow gay marriage.

 

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