Missouri Hospitals Applaud Nixonís Leadership On Medicaid Reform
January 21, 2014
By Herb B. Kuhn President and CEO Missouri Hospital Association
ďThe Missouri hospital community applauds Gov. Jay Nixon on his continued leadership in promoting Medicaid reform to improve the health of Missourians and Missouriís economy.
In 2014 Missouri will forgo $2 billion in federal funds that would have provided health coverage to 300,000 Missourians and created jobs and economic activity throughout the state. In addition, this coverage would have improved the health of the stateís workforce and increased productivity among low income workers ó those who are not offered health insurance coverage through their employer and cannot afford health insurance coverage in the marketplace.
Missouriís hospitals are already paying for part of the cost of this coverage through payment cuts imposed by the Affordable Care Act. However, the coverage is being blocked in Missouri and Missouriís funds are being used to fund coverage in other states. Moreover, hospitals continue to provide more than $1 billion in uncompensated care annually to care for the states uninsured and under insured. This isnít sustainable.
Supporting Medicaid reform is the right thing to do for working Missourians. Itís also the smart thing to do for Missouriís economy.
We need legislative action this year that reflects Missouri values and brings value back to Missouri.Ē