Missouri Medicaid News

News Tribune: Medicaid expansion advocates decry shameful politics March ends, but fight continues

Session may be ending this week; however, the fight for Medicaid expansion is not. Hundreds returned for a Medicaid expansion Day of Action at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 13. ”Today is the day we work in unity for our community,” Bishop Tony R. Caldwell said to the crowd outside the Capitol. “And our community is Missouri.”

Maryville Daily Forum: Rural hospitals balance costs, care

By Tony Brown

As rural hospitals struggle to survive, such institutions are working to introduce strategies that allow them to cut costs while maintaining high levels of patient care.

It’s a big challenge, but one that Jon Doolittle, regional president of Northwest Medical Center in Albany, says smaller hospitals are uniquely qualified to meet because of the close relationships between local healthcare providers and those they serve.

KOLR: Howell County Residents Are Not Giving Up on Medicaid Expansion

"We know that uninsured people live sicker and die younger, and studies show that closing the coverage gap would save the lives of 700 Missourians every year. With lives on the line, our state has a moral imperative to close the coverage gap this year," says Jen Bersdale, Executive Director of Missouri Health Care for All.

Daily Dunklin Democrat: Group in Kennett discusses Medicaid expansion

Wildman said the legislature's failure to expand Medicaid is costing hospitals like Pemiscot Memorial in Hayti millions. The hospital has closed its obstetrics department and sends patients to nearby hospitals at Kennett and Blytheville. "Both Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties are seeing an increase in infant mortality rates because the people have no access to insurance coverage," Wildman argued. 

Post-Dispatch: Federal government takes second look at uncompensated care funding

Missouri has declined to expand the state's Medicaid program, meaning Gateway is the only insurance option for those who make too much for Medicaid but not enough to buy private insurance.

Gateway is funded on a year-to-year basis with mostly federal dollars. Its funding has twice been extended for another year. Unless extended again, it will run out of money at the end of this year.