- Exchanges: Exchange legislation was considered by the legislature during the 2012 session, but was not enacted. Governor Nixon said in July that he will keep all options open, noting that no special session would be called in 2012 and major reform decisions would be made in 2013. The governor indicated that he expects the legislature to warm to the idea of an exchange in lieu of ceding control to the federal government. The state’s lieutenant governor has expressed opposition to an exchange.
- Essential Health Benefits: Missouri has not proposed any EHB benchmark recommendation.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Nixon announced in November that the state would be expanding Medicaid.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Missouri currently has 260,341 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 25% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» KCUR (NPR) – Health Care Exchange Ballot Language Debated
» Statement from Gov. Nixon on ruling by U.S. Supreme Court (press release)
» St. Louis Business Journal – Charity Care Costs Up 159% at Missouri Hospitals
» News-Leader – Bill Gives Missouri Voters Say on Health Exchanges