State senator says he has support now for Medicaid expansion

State Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City | Courtesy of Missouri News Horizon/Flickr
Sen. Ryan Silvey believes Medicaid expansion has the support necessary to pass the Missouri Legislature next year.  | Courtesy of Missouri News Horizon/Flickr

State Sen. Ryan Silvey said he believes he has the support he needs to pass a Medicaid expansion bill next year that addresses the concerns of his more conservative colleagues. The Kansas City Republican said his plan, which came close to passing this year, is supported by hospitals and other provider groups.

Under the Affordable Care Act, disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funds, which the federal government pays hospitals to offset the costs of charity care, will be reduced starting Oct. 1, 2015. The ACA was designed to eliminate the need for DSH funding by providing insurance to those who receive charity care. But Missouri hasn’t expanded Medicaid, leaving hospitals with the worst of both worlds.

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