Missouri Senate budget plan a crisis in the making for the poor: Once again, politicians in Jefferson City are trying to score political points by targeting the poor.
By Durrie Bouscaren
BJC HealthCare took over operations of a 25-bed, psychiatric acute-care hospital near the West End neighborhood in St. Louis on Wednesday. BJC officials said the move was necessary because the psychiatric hospital was financially unstable.
J. “MILES” VENTIMIGLIA
Warrensburg – The General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid leaves Teresa Jackson, 37, an 18-year Warrensburg resident, with astronomical medical bills compared to her income.
In Raytown, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, community leaders hosted a visibility event across from Senator Will Kraus’s church. This event is part of the statewide actions held in key legislative districts of: St. Joseph, St. Charles, Joplin, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis and Jefferson County, to urge action on Medicaid expansion this session.
So far, Missouri has turned down about $4 billion in federal money to cover the first two years of the proposed expansion of the program, which would have covered an additional 300,000 people. The money was supposed to replace other federal money that hospitals had been receiving for years to help cover the costs of uninsured patients. As a result, some hospitals are already laying off workers, and some in rural areas are closing down.