Missouri Hospital Association study: GOP health bill shorts state on Medicaid

A Missouri Hospital Association study of the American Health Care Act found that the Republican health care bill leaves Missouri and 18 other states that didn’t expand Medicaid short of federal money and continuing to feel the strain of uncompensated care.

David Dillon, vice president of public and media relations for the hospital association, said it’s ironic that Republicans who want to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, have written a bill that provides more money to states that embraced the law’s Medicaid expansion than those led by conservative Republicans who rejected it.

The Republican bill passed the U.S. House last month in a party-line vote and is now being considered by the Senate. The rollback of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has been a point of contention in the repeal talks on Capitol Hill because some Republican governors accepted the federal expansion money starting in 2014 and want it to keep flowing now that their Medicaid programs are covering more people.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a three-year phaseout of the money from 2020 to 2023.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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