Missouri Senate Committee Holds Final Hearing On Medicaid

Caduceus, a symbol of medicine and health care | Photo by Nicole Lunger
Photo by Nicole Lunger

A Missouri Senate committee wrapped up its hearings on how to reform Medicaid, the public health care program for the poor, but no clear consensus emerged. Nearly every proposal to cut costs or boost the personal responsibility of patients has its critics.

A Washington University health economist told the committee that the number of uninsured Missourians is more than 800,000, and the rate of uninsured has risen from 6.6 percent in 1999 to more than 13 percent today. He estimated that about 260,000 new people would enroll if the Missouri General Assembly expanded Medicaid, with the biggest increases coming from rural areas in the southeast and southwest portions of the state. Businesses also have a stake in Medicaid expansion because the costs of uncompensated care for treating uninsured people is passed on to other payers, such as employer-based plans.

Read more from the Columbia Missourian and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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