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Missouri Health Insurance
The Missouri state Senate approved legislation that includes a program to cover 200,000 low- and middle-income state residents. The measure would provide health insurance for people ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level.
Missouri Republican House leaders have introduced legislation that would expand health coverage to low-income state residents and require beneficiaries to contribute money to savings accounts to use toward deductibles and copayments.
Even though many Hispanic immigrants in Missouri qualify for children's health insurance programs such as SCHIP, many remain uninsured, inpart because of concern about their immigration status, as well as federal and state restrictions on their eligibility, the Columbia Missourian reports. Of the nearly three million uninsured Hispanic children in the U.S., 70% are eligible for SCHIP but do not apply because of language barriers or fear of deportation of other family members.
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) on Tuesday announced a three-phase planto help low-income workers obtain health insurance through governmentsubsidies, the Kansas City Starreports. The proposal aims to extend coverage within a year to 131,500working adults with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level.
Some benefits, including dental and vision coverage, included in Missouri's new health insurance plan MO HealthNet were not funded this year.