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Uninsured Missourians would get coverage with resurrected health bill.

Date: March 3, 2009
By: Chance Seales
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 306

Intro: A bill giving health coverage to uninsured Missouri residents got revived Tuesday in the state Senate.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from Jefferson City.

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The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Tom Dempsey of St. Charles County.

It's aimed at covering about 200-thousand Missourians who don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have the money to buy private insurance.

Dempsey told the Health Committee the bill will increase preventative healthcare and cut down on unnecessary visits to expensive ERs.

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Description: "Getting them out of the emergency room, which is many cases reactive care, and getting them to a primary care physician."  
 
Hospital and insurance company representatives also urged the committee to expand healthcare coverage. 
 
No one testified against the plan.

A similar bill last year was estimated to cost taxpayers at least $64-million dollars per year, but died on the House floor.

From the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.


Intro: A health bill for uninsured Missouri residents gets a second life in the state Senate.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from the state Capitol.

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A Senate bill would give health coverage to over 200-thousand Missouri workers.

Supporters told the Health Committee thousands of Missouri workers don't have the money to buy private insurance, but don't qualify for Medicaid.

Republican Rep. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph is a doctor and chairs the Healthcare Transformation Committee.

He says the bill puts too much of a burden on Missouri taxpayers.

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Description: "Let them work and earn their own healthcare, and not expect working people to pay for their care.  That's health welfare.  I'm opposed to that." 

A similar program last year was estimated to cost at least $64-million dollars per year, but died on the House floor.    

From Jefferson City, I'm Chance Seales.