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Missouri’s 2005 Medicaid Cuts: How Did They Affect Enrollees and Providers?

Missouri’s 2005 Medicaid Cuts: How Did They Affect Enrollees and Providers?

This study, prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, examines the result of sweeping cutbacks that Missouri instituted in its Medicaid program in 2005 in response to state budget shortfalls. Researchers at the Urban Institute found that the number of uninsured people in the state increased, hospitals faced greater demand for uncompensated care and community health centers confronted revenue shortfalls that forced staffing cuts and higher charges for patients.

The study was published in Health Affairs and can be viewed at the journal’s Web site.

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