ST. LOUIS (AP) — A state health program has received a 1-year extension from the federal government to continue offering Medicaid coverage to poor residents in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/19fJ7rP ) reports that Missouri's Gateway to Better Health pilot program earned the extension from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The program helps provide some insurance coverage to more than 22,500 uninsured patients until the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor is expanded in Missouri. State lawmakers have consistently opposed such efforts but are again discussing possible Medicaid expansion.
The St. Louis-based Grace Hill Community Health Centers will receive an additional $30 million in federal money. Before the extension, the Gateway program was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com