Missouri House panel seeks remedies to cost spikes in state’s health care markets

A panel charged with discovering the problems that have led to the instability of the insurance markets in Missouri took its first shot at tackling the obstacle Wednesday in Jefferson City.

The Interim Committee on Stabilizing Missouri’s Health Insurance Markets includes five Republican and two Democratic state House members.

Chairman Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, conducted the hearing, offering several big ideas that would change how the health care system operates.

Chief among them would be applying for a waiver, which would give the state flexibility to restructure its health care markets.  It would allow Missouri to drop key requirements under the Affordable Care Act in order to experiment with different health coverage models.

Twenty-four states have considered legislation to begin the waiver application process, which became available Jan. 1. A bill in the Missouri legislature to formally apply failed to advance in the last session.

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