Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson this week was appointed director of the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for nearly 1 million Missourians.
Richardson, 41, will start as the director of MO HealthNet (the state’s Medicaid program) on Nov. 1, resigning from the state House of Representatives two months before his final House term is scheduled to end. First elected to the House in 2011, Richardson would be unable to run for re-election due to term limits.
MO HealthNet covers almost 600,000 children in the state – almost two-thirds of Missouri’s children, according to a recent report from the Department of Social Services. While children make up the majority of people enrolled in Medicaid, their medical costs account for only about a quarter of the costs of the program, according to the nonpartisan Missouri Budget Project.