COLUMBIA — A new law that took effect Friday  was supposed to allow medical providers to charge Medicaid patients for missing appointments. But that isn’t going to happen — at least not yet.The law, which was passionately debated in the Missouri General Assembly, is in conflict with federal regulation. Missouri would have to receive special permission from the federal government to pass it, and the state has yet to do so.If it does receive approval, however, it could affect more than Medicaid patients. Those same federal rules say that if doctors charge Medicaid patients for no-shows, they must charge everyone else, too.

Two laws at oddsOn Sept. 15, the General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and voted to permit medical providers to charge late fees to these patients for missed appointments if they do not cancel within 24 hours. It also permits providers not to allow patients to schedule another appointment …
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New Missouri law targeting Medicaid patients may clash with federal law – Columbia Missourian