Missouri Medicaid spending to rise next year

Monday, January 24, 2011 | 7:34 a.m. CST; updated 9:30 a.m. CST, Monday, January 24, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Medicaid budget is likely to rise by hundreds of millions of dollars next year. But state officials say there is little they can do about it.

The budget outlined by Gov. Jay Nixon calls for $8.4 billion for the health care program for the poor during the 2012 fiscal year that starts July 1. That's an increase of 5.5 percent, or about $444 million, over what is expected to be spent this year.

The growth in Medicaid comes as Nixon is recommending cuts to public colleges and universities, the elimination of hundreds of state employee positions, and flat funding for public K-12 schools.

But much of Missouri's Medicaid spending is considered mandatory, if the state wants to continue receiving federal money for the program.


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Joshua Stanfast January 24, 2011 | 1:07 p.m.

I find it sicking that the gov is cutting progress (without schooling there is no progress) simply for the medicaid program which I work with on a daily basis and honestly does very little to help the individuals that actually need the help. The medicaid program is used and abused and needs a complete re-vamp.

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Paul Allaire January 24, 2011 | 2:10 p.m.

What I find sickening is the tone implied by the article - pitting the choice of caring for the elderly over educating the young. And someone obviously bought into it. It is NOT an either/or kind of choice.

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