Despite hours of debate on Missouri's health care system, Republicans remain opposed to Medicaid expansion.
Wrap: A House committee met in a packed hearing room Wednesday to discuss Medicaid reform.
Lawmakers looked at plans other states have crafted to reform health care. Republican Keith Frederick says Missouri cannot even consider expanding Medicaid to model other systems.
|Description: You know in the state of Missouri we have a balanced budget. We have to live within our means and the affordable care act would certainly have to be renamed if we had a balanced budget at the federal level because it would certainly not be affordable for the federal government.|
The compromise adopted in Arkansas allows eligible citizens to choose between a Medicaid health care plan, or a private insurance plan providing the same basic level of coverage at about the same cost.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.
Debate in the Missouri House about Medicaid reform leaves lawmakers asking more questions than giving answers.
Wrap: A House Medicaid reform committee met Tuesday and Wednesday to look at proposed plans.
Lawmakers were looking at a hybrid health care plan combining Medicaid eligibility expansion and support of private competitive insurance coverage.
Republican Keith Frederick says Missouri can't afford these plans, which have been adopted by other states like Arkansas.
|Description: The only way this works… the only way this big plan works-- and for us to look at it as this big gift from the federal government-- is that we’re offloading that debt to future generations.|
Other lawmakers say they want to look into the efficiency and care quality in states who have made those changes.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Betta.