Jay Nixon

New Missouri law to let some Medicaid recipients save more

Missouri seniors, the blind and those with disabilities soon will be able to save more money but still qualify for Medicaid health care benefits under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The idea behind the bill, which passed with bipartisan support in the GOP-led Legislature, is to allow people who receive health care through the state program to keep more in savings that could help pay for unexpected expenses. Nixon said the new law will help "thousands of Missourians live more independent lives."

The current asset limits — $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for married couples — are so low that recipients can't prepare for emergencies,...