Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Missouri Lacks Way to Track Medicaid Cuts' Impact

LESLIE YINGLING, COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN - As thousands of Missouri adults lose Medicaid coverage because of cutbacks, Missouri’s welfare agency says it does not have a plan to track the impact of the cuts on those who lose medical coverage...

The state will track Missouri adults who have lost eligibility because of changes to Medicaid only if they re-enter the system by meeting eligibility requirements in the future, said Deborah Scott, a spokeswoman for the state Social Services Department. The department does not have a system in place to follow up on those who lose coverage permanently, but “we are going to do all we can to refer people,” she said...

“If we’re going to craft and fund a health care vision for the state, part of that is to see what happens to the nearly 350,000 folks who have lost their Medicaid,” Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) said. “There’s nothing in statute to allow us to find out where they are and what will happen to them.”


At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Medicaid is a great form of health insurance for many individuals and there is no way it should be cut off as health coverage is a major importance to many.


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