medicaid expansion

Politics
7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Health
4:11 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

 

Listen to this story as it aired on KBIA's Under The Microscope.

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.

We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.

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Health
12:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion

(l-r) Mo. Hosp. Assoc. CEO Herb Kuhn and Mo. Chamber CEO Dan Mehan discuss survey of hospitals with reporters on March 26, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:32 pm

(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)

In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.

The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

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Politics
7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:56 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Health
3:54 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Pastors, workers, business leaders plead for Medicaid expansion

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Missouri lawmakers are hearing pleas from low-income workers, business leaders and pastors to expand Medicaid coverage.

Witness testifying Tuesday before a House committee want lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — nearly $33,000 for a family of four. States that do so can receive billions of additional federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
7:16 am
Tue March 25, 2014

GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.

Five GOP senators took to the Senate floor Monday as the Legislature returned from spring break to say they will block any attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility during the session that ends in mid-May.

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Faith/Religion
11:03 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Faith-based advocacy groups unite for economic dignity in a "Moral Missouri"

Faith leaders pray during a gathering in Quinn Chapel AME Church. They gathered together to strategize about ways to take action for greater economic dignity in Missouri.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Faith-based advocacy groups are uniting with hopes of making change in Missouri on behalf of the state's most vulnerable and marginalized population.

Representatives from groups around the state met Friday (March 7) in Quinn Chapel AME Church in Jefferson City to share the action they’re taking in their communities, and develop strategies on how to work together.

On their agenda: pushing for early voting. Improving public education. Expanding Medicaid.

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Politics
8:18 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City

Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R, speaks in support of expanding Medicaid at a Mo. Chamber event in Jefferson City on Feb. 25, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:56 pm

Former U.S. Sen.Kit Bond paid a visit to Jefferson City Tuesday, hoping to persuade his fellow Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate to expand Medicaid coverage to more people.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Medicaid expansion study projects 24,000 more jobs

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State officials are projecting that 24,000 new jobs would be created if Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program.

The Department of Economic Development said Friday that raising the program's eligibility to levels called for by the federal health care law would bring $9.9 billion in new wages to the state.

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu February 6, 2014

GOP led Mo. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion

Missouri Capitol
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Sen. Bond to lobby in favor of Missouri expanding Medicaid

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Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of  Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:50 am
Wed January 22, 2014

More Medicaid debate expected in the 2014 Mo. legislative session

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At his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon renewed his push to expand Medicaid, the health insurance program for the low-income population, in Missouri. He was careful, though, not to mention the “e” word itself. Instead, the governor called lawmakers to work on reforming the program.

“I look forward to working with all of you to bring affordable health coverage to working families in Missouri, and reform Medicaid the Missouri way,” said Nixon.

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Intersection
6:32 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

State lawmakers preview 2014 legislative session

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website. 

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon wants a bill passed in 2014 that expands Medicaid eligibility in the state.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is closing out the year by asking state legislators once again to pass a bill expanding Missouri’s Medicaid coverage for lower-income residents.

The democratic governor emphasized that two billion of Missourian’s tax dollars will start flowing to neighboring states that accepted federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs. Nixon says he is still open to meeting with state legislators to hash out concrete specifics of the health care program expansion, which would cover nearly 300,000 more uninsured Missourians.

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