Medicaid

Medicaid expansion
2:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid in Missouri. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.


First, the House subcommittee that oversees the budgets for the Departments of Health, Mental Health and Social Services voted to approve those agencies budgets without including Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) call to expand Medicaid to an additional 259,000 Missourians next yearState Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs that subcommittee.


“We can’t afford it…it’s not rocket science," Allen said.  "If we expand, taking federal dollars now, which I do not believe would not use some state (general revenue), even with what we’re told the feds would do now, there will be a time (when) the feds will back off.”

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Medicaid
11:16 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Feds Approve Illinois Managed Care Plan

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

More than 135,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid will be assigned to a managed care health plan by early next year, if they don't opt out of a new program to coordinate their care.

The initiative is a partnership between Illinois and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Illinois is the fourth state to get approval for such a demonstration project, aimed at providing better care at lower costs for a group of patients known as "dual eligibles." The federal agency announced its approval Friday.

Medicaid Expansion
5:27 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Nixon Continues Medicaid Expansion Campaign Despite GOP Disinterest

Nixon speaks at St. Charles County Economic Development Center.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon hasn’t stopped advocating for Missouri to accept the federal government’s money for Medicaid expansion, in spite of state Republican lawmakers leaving it out of their proposed budget.

Nixon lobbied in St. Charles Wednesday for the state to accept $900 million to expand the program to over a quarter of a million low income adults.

Nixon has appealed throughout the state. What makes Nixon’s stop in St. Charles unique is that the area is typically conservative turf.

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Medicaid expansion
10:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

Kerry Noble, CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems, speaks in favor of HB 627, which would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.


House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

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Missouri state budget
3:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Budget Bills Filed In Mo. House; Medicaid Expansion Left Out

(l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) and House Budget Chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The 13 bills that make up the state budget have been filed in the Missouri House, and they don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.

That part of the Governor’s budget proposal would have drawn down $908 million in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1st.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says as a result, the Governor’s projected $46 million in savings is also being removed from the budget.

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State of the State Address
11:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Gov. Nixon Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he prepares to deliver the State of the State address in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on Jan. 28, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

 

Updated at 5:45 a.m. to include feature story on the Governor's State of the State Address by Marshall Griffin.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) pitched a $25.7 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, Higher Education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the Governor’s speech and his proposed spending plan for next year:

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St. Louis on the Air
5:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

In Depth: Mo. Lawmakers To Consider Medicaid Expansion, Arming Teachers, Etc. In 2013

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri legislature convenes this Wednesday.

The hallmark issue may be Medicaid expansion.  Topics of tax credits and arming classroom teachers are also expected to come up for debate.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Beacon political reporter Jo Mannies, and University of Missouri – St. Louis political science professor Terry Jones about the upcoming session.

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Missouri economy
6:43 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Conservative Group Wants Any Budget Surplus Given Back To Mo. Taxpayers, Rainy Day Fund

via Flickr/yomanimus

A conservative group is calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) and Missouri lawmakers to return any budget surplus there may be next year to taxpayers.

Nixon and GOP legislative leaders are expecting a 3.1 percent growth in state revenues during the next fiscal year.  Patrick Werner heads the Missouri Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which advocates for fiscally conservative practices.  He says any left over money should either be returned to taxpayers or socked away in the state’s Rainy Day fund.

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Medicaid
9:50 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Nixon Administration: Mo. Could Gain From Medicaid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon reached out to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley Wednesday in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is bolstering his plan to expand Missouri's Medicaid program with an analysis estimating that it could save the state money in the near future.

Figures released this past week by Nixon's budget office show Missouri could see a nearly $47 million increase in general revenues during the first year of the Medicaid expansion in 2014. That boost in state revenues would grow to nearly $140 million in 2016 before beginning to decline.

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Medicaid expansion
4:35 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Mo. House Speaker Jones Maintains Stance Against Medicaid Expansion

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) speaks to reporters in Jefferson City on 12-12-12.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has been touring the state this week, promoting the so-called three “E’s” that House Republicans say they’ll focus on next year – the economy, energy, and education – but their agenda still likely won't include a fourth “E," expansion of Medicaid.


Jones told a group of reporters in Jefferson City today that House budget writers start off every year looking for $150-$200 million for the state’s Medicaid needs.

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