Missouri Hospitals Applaud Nixon’s Leadership On Medicaid Reform
January 21, 2014
By Herb B. Kuhn President and CEO Missouri Hospital Association
“The Missouri hospital community applauds Gov. Jay Nixon on his continued leadership in promoting Medicaid reform to improve the health of Missourians and Missouri’s 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 state’s workforce and increased productivity among low income workers — those who are not offered health insurance coverage through their employer and cannot afford health insurance coverage in the marketplace.
Missouri’s 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 Missouri’s 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 isn’t sustainable.
Supporting Medicaid reform is the right thing to do for working Missourians. It’s also the smart thing to do for Missouri’s economy.
We need legislative action this year that reflects Missouri values and brings value back to Missouri.”