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KWMU-FM: Commentary: Not Expanding Medicaid Is Hurting Missouri Rural Hospitals

To date, Missouri has failed to expand its Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." As a result, federal dollars that would normally flow to underserved areas are being transferred to states that have expanded their programs. This loss of funding has major implications for health care in our state especially for those in areas of poverty and who are underserved. One particularly susceptible area is rural Missouri.

Post-Dispatch: Veterans to push Missouri Medicaid expansion; hospitals hire new lobbyist

By Virginia Young

November 18, 2014

Though Republican leaders in the Missouri General Assembly have already doused any hopes for Medicaid expansion next year, lobbyist and former U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond is rounding up supporters to push for it.

Bond teamed up with state Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, today to announce that Missouri's military veterans organizations support expanding and reforming the joint state and federal health care program for the poor.

WSJ: Hospital CEO contends with Medicaid Conundrum

By Anna Mathews

November 11, 2014

The future of Truman Medical Centers, a two-hospital safety-net system here, depends on the state legislature—and no one understands that better than its new chief executive, Charlie Shields.

Mr. Shields, a genial 55-year-old, spent 20 years as a Republican lawmaker, ending up as the leader of the Missouri Senate before term limits forced him to step down. In 2010, he became chief operating officer of one of Truman’s hospitals, and in July he succeeded longtime Truman CEO John W. Bluford III.

Governing: Poll: More Americans favor Medicaid Expansion than oppose it

By Dylan Scott

July 31, 2012

Americans slightly favor states' volutarily expanding their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser found that 49 percent of Americans support the idea of states' expanding Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (the new ACA threshold) with the understanding that the federal government would initially cover all of the costs and states would eventually be responsible for 10 percent.