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State of Missouri being sued over Medicaid

Missouri State Capitol.
Missouri State Capitol.

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Three Medicaid recipients are suing the state of Missouri over cuts that will go into effect this Friday.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in federal court in Jefferson City. It charges that the Department of Social Services has not adequately notified those losing their coverage or provided hearings.

Marc Cohan with the Welfare Law Center is among the attorneys representing the plaintiffs. He says they're suing over how the state is implementing the cuts.

"We think it should be done is a measured, deliberate way that gives people an opportunity to say wait a minute, I'm not the one you intended to cut here. I'm still eligible," Cohan said.

The plaintiffs; Gloria Wilson, Hilda Shipp, and Jennifer Gurley, all live in St. Louis.

Cohan says all three women were notified they would be cut, but found they were still eligible for the program.

A spokeswoman for the department says they began sending out notification letters May 20th and all those who requested a hearing got one.

On Friday 24,000 low-income parents will lose their coverage. Another 44,000 will be cut off within the year.