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Keith Carter, 53, waits to pick up a prescription for diabetes at Affinia Healthcare in St. Louis. Though he falls in the income gap, he's able to get his preventive care covered through Gateway to Better Health.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri likely would not have to spend any additional money to expand Medicaid to insure more low-income people, according to a report from the Washington University Center on Health Economics and Policy.

The state spends nearly $4 billion to provide Medicaid to people with disabilities, pregnant women, children and some seniors.

Researchers say adding people who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty rate – close to $17,000 annually – likely wouldn’t cost Missouri extra funds, because the state would receive increased federal funding under a Medicaid expansion.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 30, 2009 - It’s hardly making headlines in reports about the health care bills making their way through Congress, but people in their early 20s could soon find it much easier to retain coverage.

That’s because measures in the House and Senate would require insurers to allow young people to stay on their parents’ health care policies. Legislation approved by the Senate health committee this summer included a provision that all group and individual coverage policies must continue dependent coverage for children through age 25. A plan introduced by House leaders on Thursday also included that guarantee for children under 27.