Report Predicts Rising Missouri Health Costs for Uninsured

DECEMBER 1, 2006 - Posted at 6:11 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new report predicts rising health care costs for Missouri's uninsured.

The study by the Missouri Foundation for Health says that public funding to medical providers was generally comparable with their estimated cost of treating the uninsured last year.

But the report says that may change.

It says Medicaid cuts by Governor Blunt and the Legislature will increase the number of people without health insurance.

Foundation president James Kimmey says the report -- in his words -- ``highlights a looming crisis.''

But a spokeswoman for Governor Blunt says there's no evidence the 175,000 people recently removed from Missouri's Medicaid rolls are now without insurance, or whether they have found other health care coverage.

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