Federal government reconsiders funds for uncompensated care

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Gateway to Better Health, a health insurance program for low-income St. Louisians who make too much money for Medicaid but not enough for private insurance, will expire at the end of the year if it’s not reauthorized by the federal government. | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com

A fight over the future of Medicaid funding in Florida has some worried about similar programs across the country, including a health plan for the poor in Missouri.

Gateway to Better Health, a health insurance program for low-income St. Louisans, will expire at the end of the year if it’s not reauthorized by the federal government.

The program started in 2012 as a way to provide insurance until the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But lawmakers have not expanded Medicaid, leaving Gateway as the only option for people who make too much money for Medicaid but not enough for private insurance.

This comes against the backdrop of the battle in Florida, where lawmakers debate Medicaid expansion as federal officials consider cutting a funding stream that reimburses hospitals for uncompensated care.

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