Mar. 30, 2019

State Rep. Jon Patterson will help ensure the state’s most vulnerable citizens are better served by Missouri’s Medicaid Program, which is known as MO HealthNet.

Representative Jon Patterson

Patterson was appointed this week by House Speaker Elijah Haahr as one of two state representatives to serve on the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee.

The committee is charged with looking at the overall effectiveness of the program and making recommendations to improve outcomes for those served by MO HealthNet. Speaker Haahr said Patterson will make an ideal addition to the committee where he will be able to draw on his experience as a medical professional to help make decisions that can improve a system that provides health care to more than 900,000 Missourians.

“I’m deeply honored by this appointment by Speaker Haahr,” said Patterson, R-Lee’s Summit, who is also a private practice general surgeon with United Surgical Associates of Kansas City. “I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to ensure that Missouri continues to provide high quality care for our most vulnerable citizens.”

The oversight committee meets quarterly. Its most recent meeting in February covered a new Rapid Response Report that outlines several ways the Medicaid program could save up to $1 billion annually. Patterson said he looks forward to working with his fellow committee members to study this proposal, as well as other ideas that can improve the Medicaid program.