Anti-Abortion Tactic Threatens Missouri’s Medicaid Funding

June 10, 2021, 9:33 AM

Missouri’s $11 billion Medicaid program faces a fiscal crisis this year if state lawmakers can’t get past an anti-abortion roadblock and renew a tax on hospitals and other health-care providers.

The tax, which generates over $4 billion each year, including federal matching funds, is set to expire Sept. 30. The program will begin to run out of money soon after if the tax isn’t renewed, according to the director of the state Medicaid program—known as Mo HealthNet.

The renewal legislation died in the just-completed 2021 legislative session when an impasse arose over anti-abortion riders that were attached in the Senate. ...

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