Missouri health organizations express concern over Medicaid

10 months 1 week 2 days ago Monday, July 10 2017 Jul 10, 2017 Monday, July 10, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT July 10, 2017 in News
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - As the U.S. Senate returns from its recess, several medical organizations in Missouri voiced concerns about the impact changes to Medicaid could have on health care for Missourians in the months to come.

Missouri Health Partnership hosted a media conference call on Monday with the Missouri Budget Project, the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and AARP's deputy state director, in order to urge the U.S. Senate to "protect health care for Missourians."

This comes less than two weeks after a nonpartisan congressional budget office released an analysis showing the Senate's GOP health bill proposal, announced in June, would cut federal spending on the Medicaid program by $772 billion over the next decade, according to a report from USA Today. 

According to numbers provided by MHP, about one in five Missourians receives health services through Medicaid.

Amy Blouin, executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, expressed concerns about the impact changes to Medicaid would have on the rural population in Missouri, as numerous rural hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S. are financially dependent upon Medicaid to operate. 

"Those hospitals and health care providers, clinics, mental health providers and so forth, all depend on the financial stability of Medicaid, that would be compromised under both the house and senate versions of the health care bill," Blouin said.

"The House version of the bill would require Missouri to increase it's cost by 3 billion dollars over the first 10 years. The Senate version actually has a more drastic cap on in, which would increase the cost to Missouri even more," Blouin.

Jay Hardenbrook, Deputy State Director of AARP, is doubtful of a middle ground being found.

"I don't think you find a middle ground on the legislation they (Senate) are currently considering or on the legislation that was passed by the house," Hardenbrook said.

KOMU 8 reached out to Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who acknowledged in a statement that the Senate proposal had some flaws, but still looked to help Americans overall.

"Obamacare has left Missouri families with higher costs, fewer options, and less access to quality health care. In our state, 97 counties have only one insurer willing to offer plans on the exchanges this year and premiums are up, on average, 145 percent since 2013," Blunt said."The status quo is unsustainable. The Senate draft health care legislation is not perfect, but it takes some important steps to help families and small businesses that are struggling under Obamacare. My hope is that we will be able to find common ground on solutions that address the needs of Missourians and create a more stable and reliable health care system."

More News

Grid
List
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
50 minutes ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Local veterans return home from combat having experienced things average citizens could not even imagine. Douglas Wilbur,... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
5pm 80°
6pm 78°
7pm 77°
8pm 73°