Medicaid Cuts Affect Missouri Women

1 decade 3 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 30 2005 Nov 30, 2005 Wednesday, November 30, 2005 5:41:08 PM CST November 30, 2005 in News

More cuts to Medicaid means less money for Health care, and the National Women's Law Center's analysis of the effects of these cuts shows that most Missouri Medicaid recipients are women.

The analysis shows 900,000 Missourians rely on Medicaid for health insurance.  Seventy-nine percent of the adults on the program who aren't elderly or disabled are women.

"They have implemented a cut that directly affects women, low-income, single women that would reduce their income eligibility to the point where they would be making $232 a month," Kerri McBee of the Alliance for the status of Missouri Women said.  

Earlier this year Missouri made one of the biggest Medicaid cuts in the nation.

"Missouri is setting a standard that I don't believe the rest of us really want to set," McBee said.

The Department of Social Services refused to comment for KOMU, but sent a fax stating that the Women's Law Center's analysis says if these changes to Missouri Medicaid are made, hundreds of thousands of women and children will lose basic health coverage.

The Missouri Medicaid Commission plans to make a decision on the proposed changes by January 1st.

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