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Springfield Lawmakers on Interim Committee

Two Springfield representatives will serve on a House interim committee that will try to broker a deal with senators to restore the state's ticket-to-work program, which provides healthcare to disabled Missourians who earn some income. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Two Springfield representatives will serve on a House interim committee that will try to broker a deal with senators to restore the state's ticket-to-work program, which provides healthcare to disabled Missourians who earn some income.

Governor Matt Blunt has said he'll call lawmakers into special session only if the House and Senate can agree on a new program and tougher Medicaid fraud laws.

It's the issue of Medicaid fraud that seemed to cause problems during the regular session that ended in May.

Republican Representative Bob Dixon is on the House committee.

He says the committee will look at the ticket-to-work program...but he says it will also look at ways to reduce Medicaid fraud among doctors and hospitals.

Generally, the House favored less punitive consequences for providers guilty of Medicaid fraud, especially when the fraud stemmed from unintentional errors in paperwork.

The other Springfield representative serving on the interim committee is Republican Mark Wright.

Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to restore the ticket-to-work program and devise appropriate penalties for healthcare providers that engage in Medicaid fraud.