Blunt Promises Improved Health Care for all Missourians

JANUARY 25, 2007 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Blunt is promising improved health care for all Missourians.

In his State of the State speech, Blunt proposed replacing Missouri's health care plan for the poor with a new system.

Blunt's plan would encourage businesses to expand health coverage to some of Missouri's 700,000 uninsured through state tax breaks and subsidies.

The revamped Medicaid program would match enrollees with a primary health care provider and emphasize illness prevention.

Doctors would get more money from the state to increase the number of physicians in the current Medicaid program.

Democrats say the plan would restore health care coverage to only a few of the 175,000  Missourians who dropped off Medicaid since Blunt took office.

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