St. Louis health commission gets $30 million to extend program

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission received a one-year extension of federal funding for its Gateway to Better Health program, which provides health care services to around 20,000 people in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The $30 million will help provide eligible individuals with access to urgent care, primary care physicians and specialists.

Those eligible for the services are between the ages of 19 and 64 and earn up to 100 percent of the poverty level. These individuals were going to be added to Medicaid, but the state has not yet expanded the program.

The St. Louis program was set to expire at the end of 2015 before the extension was granted. Since it was established in 2012, Gateway to Better Health has annually funded 55,000 primary care visits, 29,000 speciality care visits and 230,000 medications.

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