Funding boost for St. Louis health centers

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

KSN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus