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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 04:55 AM

Suggestions flow as Missouri legislators weigh options for Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY • Give patients with chronic diseases a health care team. Monitor a state database to spot abuse of prescription drugs. Reward pregnant teens who keep their doctor appointments.

Those were among the many suggestions that flowed Wednesday to a Senate committee examining ways to improve the quality and efficiency of Medicaid, the joint state and federal health care program for the poor.

The Senate hearing was one of two held Wednesday as Missouri legislators grapple with whether to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 260,000 people, as envisioned by the federal Affordable Care Act. A House committee, meeting in St. Louis, heard from a long list of witnesses who urged that the program be expanded.

Medicaid pays for doctor visits, prescription drugs, nursing home care and other services for about 875,000 Missourians — low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and some families with children. Missouri’s program costs state and federal taxpayers about $8.5 billion a year.

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jwirr Aug 2013 #1

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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 08:53 AM

1. It would be interesting to know how their costs stack up against other states. Which states

are most effecient and still provide the best quality. IMHO it is Medicaid we should be modeling single payer after. I have Medicare and because I am very low income I also have Medicaid and it covers all the things the other one will not.

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