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Senate Votes to End Medicaid

The Missouri Senate voted 22 to 10 to end Medicaid, a program that provides healthcare to roughly one million Missourians. The cut was added to another bill in the form of an amendment. The bill is up for first round approval in the Senate. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

It was a straight party line vote that added this provision to a Medicaid bill.

Republicans say the Medicaid program is broken and the only way to fix it is to start over from scratch.

Senate President Pro Temp Mike Gibbons offered the amendment that ends the Medicaid program on June 30th, 2008.

Gibbons says he wants to end Medicaid and let a commission of state representatives and senators develop a new healthcare program for the state's needy.

But Gibbon's proposal to end Medicaid met opposition from Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty of St Louis City.

Those who support making changes to Medicaid say there are no other viable options.

Republicans argue that creating a new healthcare system will enable the state to help those who are most in need.

But Dougherty says he doesn't buy it.

The bill that would end Medicaid needs final Senate approval to advance to the House.