Funding Boost for St. Louis Health Centers

6 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 01 2013 Oct 1, 2013 Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:15:28 PM CDT October 01, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A state health program has received a 1-year extension from the federal government to continue offering Medicaid coverage to poor residents in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri's Gateway to Better Health pilot program earned the extension from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The program helps provide some insurance coverage to more than 22,500 uninsured patients until the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor is expanded in Missouri. State lawmakers have consistently opposed such efforts but are again discussing possible Medicaid expansion.

The St. Louis-based Grace Hill Community Health Centers will receive an additional $30 million in federal money. Before the extension, the Gateway program was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.

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