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114,000 dropped from Medicaid, report says

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis – The impact of Missouri's Medicaid cuts are documented in a new report released Tuesday by two advocacy groups.

The Missouri Budget Project and Missouri Association for Social Welfare found 114,000 people left the state's health-care program for the poor from August of 2005 to August of this year.

Amy Blouin, executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, said that number is not surprising. But she said it is larger than what many people have heard.

"People have been hearing that 90,000 people would be cut from Medicaid, but that initial number did not include the children who would lose health care," Blouin said.

Blouin said new premiums for the children's health care program have had a big impact on the number of kids enrolled.

The report also suggests guidelines for legislators as they work to revamp Medicaid by 2008.