In a new report, the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) warns that proposed changes to the federal Medicaid program would have a staggering impact on the state's health care program for the poor and disabled.
MFH, a St-Louis based nonprofit that aims to write grants, says the cuts proposed by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid will reduce federal funding to Missouri by approximately $1.4 billion over the next five years.
Essentially, that means cuts to more Medicaid services. The proposed changes includes reductions in payments to public and teaching hospitals as well as "restrictions in payments for services used by the disabled and children."
In 2008 alone, the report estimates, $240 million in federal Medicaid payments could be lost.
“At a point when policymakers in Jefferson City are struggling to find ways to extend health coverage to Missourians who lack it, these proposed federal changes will make it extremely difficult for the state just to maintain current Medicaid services and very unlikely that any new initiatives to reduce the increasing number of uninsured Missourians could even be considered,” said Ryan Barker of MHF.
The full fact sheet can be viewed on the MFH website at http://www.mffh.org/Factsheet_FederalMedicaidRegs.pdf.