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Misouri Health Care Changes May Be On The Way

Date: January 30, 2007
By: Sam Wappelhorst
State Capitol Bureau
Links: http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=37

Intro: Long-term health care changes in Missouri could result in tax deductions for some state residents.  Sam Wappelhorst (WAH-Pull-horse-t) has more from the state Capitol.

 

The Missouri Senate Health and Mental Health Committee heard testimony concerning the "Missouri Long-term Care Partnership Act." 

No opponents spoke against the bill, but one former Senator had some concerns. 

Larry Robach (Row-back) spoke for the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging.

 

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Description: "Our biggest concern, and this is particularly true of MALAHA members, is that we have homes that accept Medicaid but try and accept a limited number of them, so that the folks that are paying privately, and the folks that are on Medicaid, kind of between the mix, they can maintain high-quality care." 

Southwest Missouri Senator Delbert Scott says the bill could provide tax deductions equal to the full cost of the person's long-term care premium, and would also protect the policy holder's assets for heirs.  

Representatives for the corporate advocate called America's Health Insurance Plans voiced their support for the bill.

From the state Capitol, I'm Sam Wappelhorst.