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Thursday, May 1, 2008


Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Insure Missouri plan suffered another blow when legislative negotiators stripped the $353 million allocated for the plan from the state operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. A bill to authorize the governor’s plan stalled early in the legislative session, but the Senate recently revived a version of it with the passage of SB 1283. House leaders, however, remained opposed to advancing the bill.

Insure Missouri called for subsidizing private health insurance for some working Missourians. It wouldn’t extend benefits to the elderly, disabled or children, nor would it restore coverage to the more than 180,000 Missourians who lost it due to the governor’s 2005 Medicaid cuts. Restoring the coverage would cost the state an estimated $201.2 million in general revenue.

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