There are only two months left in the legislative session — now is the time to act on Medicaid reform. Hospitals are facing $4 billion in cuts between 2013 and 2019, and a new survey proves that Missouri can’t afford to wait another year.
Medicaid reform matters for the health of communities throughout the state. Since last year, hospitals have lost nearly 1,000 jobs, hiring freezes are affecting more than 2,000 hospital jobs and more than $100 million in capital investments have been delayed or canceled.
Rural Missouri is taking the biggest hit from hospital cuts. Many hospitals are closing unprofitable service lines including rural health clinics and hospital-provided ambulance services. Without these services, many rural communities could lose access to care entirely. We can’t let this happen – all Missourians need access to health care.
Make your voice heard. Send a note to your representative and senator letting them know how important Medicaid reform is to Missouri’s economy. Let’s improve access to health care and keep our funding in Missouri!