Governor Kicks off Series of Health Care Forums in SeMo

MARCH 23, 2004 - Posted at 7:38 a.m. CDT

SIKESTON, MO - Governor Holden is traveling the state for a series of health care forums while the state's lawmakers take a week off for their annual spring break.

The Democratic governor is trying to highlight the potential problems that could arise from Medicaid cuts proposed by House Republicans.

The proposed GOP budget would make it more difficult for low-income parents to qualify for Medicaid.  Republicans say the move is necessary to save the state millions of dollars.

Holden says the move would have devastating effects for the tens of thousands of people who would be denied health care.

The series started yesterday in Sikeston.  Holden plans similar public health care forums scheduled later this week in Kansas City and St. Louis.

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