The Senate Medicaid Reform Commission has moved the rest of their public hearings to Jefferson city.
Dustin Blanchard tells us why democrats say the move discriminates against the poor.
Senate Republican leadership moved the Medicaid hearings from rural Missouri to the capitol.
Democratic Representative Margaret Donnely is upset -- she says Republicans are silencing the voices of poor rural Missourians who can't afford the drive.
Republican Senator and Commission chairperson Charlie Shields says the move is neccessary because of time constraints -- he says they have just three months to finish their reccomendation
And he stresses people can still file their complaints in writing.
From the state Capitol, I'm Dustin Blanchard
The Medicaid Reform Commission moved public hearings from areas around Missouri.
Jade Mingus tells us why they made the move, and why democrats are mad.
Republican Senator and Commission chairperson Charlie Shields says it was vital to move the hearings from rural Missouri back to the state Capitol.
He says the commission is running out of time to finish reccomendations before their January 1st deadline.
Democratic Representative Margaret Donnelly disagrees.
She says the move silences the voice of rural Missourians who can't afford to drive to the hearings in Jefferson City.
From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.