Missouri Medicaid News

St Louis Public Radio: BJC acquires psychiatric hospital, cites lack of Medicaid expansion for facility's demise

BJC acquires psychiatric hospital, cites lack of Medicaid expansion for facility's demise

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.

Daily Star Journal: Without Medicaid, Missourians dying-- Group pushes for state to expand Medicaid

Without Medicaid Missourians dying Group pushes for state to expand Medicaid

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.

Raytown Brooking Eagle: AREA RESIDENTS RALLIED IN RAYTOWN, FRUSTRATED BY MEDICAID EXPANSION INACTION

AREA RESIDENTS RALLIED IN RAYTOWN, FRUSTRATED BY MEDICAID EXPANSION INACTION

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.

KWMU: McCaskill: Elderly among those hurt by Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid

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.

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