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People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to announce his support for a major health care initiative.

Nixon scheduled news conferences Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Barnes Jewish Center in St. Louis and Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield.

He will be joined at some of the stops by officials from the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Primary Care Association. Both groups are part of a new coalition urging Missouri to expand Medicaid eligibility as called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Missouri’s participation in a federal Medicaid expansion would be an economic boon for the state and even pay for itself, according to a new report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Under the federal health law, states can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance to the poor and disabled. The federal government would fully pay for an expansion during the first few years, but many state lawmakers, like Republican house speaker Tim Jones, worry about the long-term costs.

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A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to refrain from creating a health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year. 

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When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.  The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. But the Supreme Court ruling now leaves that decision up to states.  Speaking to reporters in Kansas City Monday, Nixon said he hopes to work with providers, businesses, and lawmakers to figure out what’s best for Missouri.

Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air

Jul 4, 2012
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After last week's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory. But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri's participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.

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Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

As part yesterday's Supreme Court decision on Obama's health care law, the justices ruled the federal government can't revoke states' Medicaid funding for failing to comply with the law's required Medicaid  expansion. And as Véronique LaCapra reports, that could leave some Missourians without access to health insurance.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Top Mo. Republicans have no intention of expanding Medicaid eligibility
  • Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision
  • Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat
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Top Missouri Republicans say they have no intention of expanding Medicaid eligibility as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on the federal health care law.

The high court struck down a provision Thursday that threatened states with the loss of existing federal Medicaid dollars if they refuse to expand coverage to adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That ruling essentially makes the expansion optional for states.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones says the Republican-led Legislature will not consider the expansion.

MU Health System gets $13.3M in federal money

Jun 18, 2012
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The University of Missouri Health System will receive $13.3 million from the federal government to enhance primary care for elderly patients.

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The state of Missouri is expected to get about $100 million dollars in additional Medicaid funds over several years under a federal program intended to encourage more home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Deaf Association wins lawsuit against state of Missouri for failing ADA standards
  • Statewide meetings discussing future of Missouri's transit start next Monday
  • Columbia Public School students will pay more for lunch in 2012
  • Insurer's lawsuit against state of Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new Medicaid insurance contracts covering more than 400,000 low-income residents.

The Missouri Legislature has given final approval to a bill that authorizes an additional $131 million of expenditures in the current budget.

The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to hear a lawsuit challenging a state Medicaid contract.

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Some low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Missouri could have to pay more out of pocket to qualify for Medicaid coverage under changes being initiated in the state program.

States to Pick Up Medicaid Costs

Oct 27, 2011
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During the Great Recession, as the ranks of poor and unemployed swelled, enrollment in Medicaid shot up, growing by 7.8 percent in 2009. At the same time, state tax revenues collapsed by nearly 17 percent. States couldn't afford to pay their share of Medicaid costs, and Congress came to the rescue with the Recovery Act, boosting federal Medicaid funding by around $103 billion. But the recovery dollars ran out in June, and now states are facing the biggest yearly increase in Medicaid costs in history, according to projections by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Missouri already spends over a quarter of the state budget on Medicaid.

Newscast for October 21, 2011

Oct 21, 2011
  • University of Missouri Board of Curators give MU Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to negotiate the school’s conference future.
  •  A new vehicle is added to the Ford Claycomo plant's production line.
  • Missouri education officials want to part ways with No Child Left Behind.
  • Mexico is moving forward with its downtown revitalization.
  • Missouri is first in line for new Medicaid money.
  • Missouri Senate leader wants to end the special legislative session.
  •  High-speed Internet is coming to rural mid-Missouri.

Missouri Is First in Line for New Medicaid Money

Oct 21, 2011
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For people with chronic conditions, getting Medicaid services can be a confusing, disjointed experience, shuffling from provider to provider. Under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, states can apply for federal money to help coordinate that care. Missouri did just that, and the news came today that the state will be the first to get this kind of funding under the ACA. Missouri’s application was aimed at helping people with chronic mental health issues. 

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