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.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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