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A national organization has put forth an economic stimulus proposal that would give Missouri a boost in Medicaid funds. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.
Families USA, an organization for healthcare consumers, says a potential stimulus package would provide over 800 million dollars to Medicaid services in Missouri.
The organization says it expect the proposal to be among the first priorities for President-elect Barack Obama.
Ron Pollack is the executive director for Families USA.
He says this Medicaid package would provide all the states, including Missouri, with low-cost health care during the recession.
“This recovery package, no doubt, will be some increased support to the states so that they can pay for these growing responsibilities that they have in their Medicaid and children’s health insurance programs,” Pollack said.
Pollack says this proposal would provide Missouri with over 13,000 new jobs and 1.4 billion dollars in new business activity.
“It needs to include providing the states with the wherewithal, so that they can operate these programs and in the process not just continue and possibly expand coverage for people who are uninsured today, but in the process. It will grow jobs," Pollack said.
Families USA says it’s optimistic that the new administration in the White House will find the proposed economic stimulus package necessary, and will approve it.
For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.