Medicaid

Missouri State Budget
12:30 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Mo. Senate panel endorses roughly $24B budget plan

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri Capitol.
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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have passed that chamber’s version of the state budget for next year.

The Senate plan is about $86 million smaller than the version passed by the House last month.  Cuts include $13 million from child care provider grants, $7 million from other childcare services, and $1 million from meals at state prisons.  Budget Chairman Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) acknowledges that many of the cuts target Medicaid.

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Morning round-up
8:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, February 27, 2012

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State officials: Mo. tightening Medicaid eligibility criteria

Low-income seniors and the disabled can qualify for Medicaid, even if their income is higher than the program's limits. They can do so by making a monthly payment to the state or by spending their excess income on medical bills.

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Illinois Medicaid
3:12 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Glasses, wheelchairs on Illinois Medicaid cut list

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An adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers would have to choose everything on a list of possible Medicaid cuts to get to the $2.7 billion proposed by the governor.

Among the options on a list prepared by Quinn's administration is a 9 percent reduction in payments to hospitals, doctors and pharmacies.

The list includes changing eligibility rules for nursing homes and at-home help so that some incontinent elderly people who can't prepare their own meals would be denied state-financed care.

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Illinois budget
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Gov. Quinn will again propose state facility closures to balance Illinois budget

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn's proposed 2013 budget is expected to include "quite a few" building closures.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll propose closing "quite a few" Illinois state facilities in his budget address next week.

Quinn, a Democrat, did not give the Associated Press any specifics about the closures, saying details will come during his budget address next Wednesday.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The dome of the Ill. Capitol.
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Spring session kicks off today in Illinois

Legislative leaders say budget items are expected to top the agenda in the coming weeks. Those items include the state's troubled pension system and Medicaid costs.

House Deputy Majority leader, Democrat Frank Mautino, says Medicaid reform could end up being more controversial than pensions. Mautino says payment cycles are stretching too long and that cuts have to be made.

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Vioxx settlement
5:09 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Missouri settles lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Merck

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Missouri will receive nearly $14 million, as part of a settlement of a multi-state lawsuit against drug manufacturer Merck.

The lawsuit centers on the prescription drug Vioxx, which the company marketed as a painkiller for people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Merck has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor for promoting the drug before receiving FDA approval, and it will pay $950 million in criminal and civil penalties.  The company halted sales of Vioxx in 2004 after evidence showed the drug doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Health / Medicaid / SynCare
3:36 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Mo. hiring temp workers for Medicaid assessments following SynCare withdrawal

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A Missouri health official says the state could need as many as 130 temporary workers to evaluate the needs of thousands of Medicaid patients after an outside contractor quit.

Indiana-based SynCare LLC quit after three months amid complaints about its service and disagreement with Missouri officials.

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Health / Medicaid / SynCare
11:36 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Mo. Dept. of Health and Senior Services to take over SynCare role

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Updated 4:25 p.m. with comments from Mo. House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City), who also oversees an interim committee looking into complaints against SynCare.

The State of Missouri is taking over the duties of SynCare, an Indianapolis-based company which won a contract in February worth as much as $5.5 million a year to determine whether thousands of Missouri Medicaid recipients qualify for home-based medical services or help with daily chores. 

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Illinois budget cuts
8:21 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn's budget cuts to hospitals aren't set

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting by Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

The cuts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made to hospitals probably won’t be the final deal. The administration is using the move in an effort to further its agenda.

Illinois reimburses hospitals when they take on low-income patients who are on Medicaid, and state law sets the rate hospitals are to be paid.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:06 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Nixon signs, and cuts, FY2012 Mo. budget

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $172 million from the state budget today, including cuts to education.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year into law – but he’s also slashed $172 million from the spending plan that takes effect July first.

Nixon says the cuts are needed not only to keep the state budget balanced, but to also help cover storm damage costs.

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