Medicaid Expansion

Missouri Legislature Tries To Back Out Of Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion

Apr 8, 2021

It is hard to qualify for Medicaid as an adult in Missouri. Childless adults aren't eligible for coverage through the state's program — dubbed MO HealthNet — at all, and parents can't make more than 21% of the federal poverty level: $5,400 in 2021 for a family of three.

That was all set to change on July 1 because of a constitutional amendment voters approved last summer that made Missouri the 38th state to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Childless adults would be covered if they made under around $17,770.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the 9,000 correspondences to Governor Stitt from citizens and businesses regarding lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic and the state's response to a lawsuit over its plan to purse managed Medicaid care without input from the legislature.

 

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A trade group for health insurance companies is trying to weigh in on the lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s managed Medicaid plan.

CVS Health Newsroom

Oklahoma lawmakers have their work cut out for them on the health front.

The Legislature will have to fund Medicaid expansion and likely a managed Medicaid program. Several members filed legislation that highlight anxieties in the pandemic, such as bans on employer immunization requirements. And with a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, the state’s Republican supermajority is certain to approve more legislation to limit abortion access.

Paying for Medicaid Expansion

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration has hit some major milestones implementing its partially privatized Medicaid plan. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports there’s much more to do, and plenty of pushback.

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Governor Kevin Stitt gave his third State of the State Address on Monday before a joint session of the State House and Senate for the 58th Oklahoma Legislature.

The Frontier

This story was written in collaboration with The Frontier’s Kassie McClung.

State officials announced the winners of up to $2.1 billion in health care contracts on Friday, a major milestone in implementing Oklahoma’s hotly debated privatized Medicaid program.

Four private health insurance companies will handle much of Oklahoma’s Medicaid program starting in October: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Humana Healthy Horizons; Oklahoma Complete Health, which is a subsidiary of managed care giant Centene; and United Healthcare.

Oklahoma Senate

The state Legislature’s session was badly disrupted last year by the pandemic. It’s back starting Monday, and faces a long list of pressing issues and unfinished work from 2020.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Back in June, Oklahoma voted to expand Medicaid. Now voters have given the state legislature an assignment: Find another way to pay for it.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the outgoing Republican Oklahoma County Sheriff endorsing the Democratic candidate for the election to replace him, State Question 805 to remove sentence enhancements for nonviolent offenders and State Question 814 to take money from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to give to lawmakers to pay for Medicaid expansion.

 

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