Study: 700,000 Missourians Uninsured

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Wednesday, April 26 2006 Apr 26, 2006 Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:28:21 PM CDT April 26, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The news about Missouri's uninsured is not encouraging. A report released today by the Missouri Foundation for Health says they now total more than 700,000 citizens. That's an increase of 100,000 over the last year as a result of recent Medicaid cuts. Most are employed. The report shows that about two-fifths of uninsured Missourians were unable to see a doctor when they needed to, because of cost, over the last year. About half of uninsured residents of the state do not have a personal doctor or health care provider. James Kimmey, president and CEO of the foundation, says Missouri's plight is part of a larger, national problem, but the public isn't motivated to demand change.  He says the US has a flawed system that excludes people on the basis of income.

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