Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Caring about Kidscare

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Caring about Kidscare

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In spite of Medicaid and other programs, about 155,000 Missouri children lack health insurance. The House has tried to address this problem through House Bill 811, also called the KidsCare bill. It would give every uninsured child under age 18 access to preventive health care services and health insurance as well.

The House voted 84-71 on Monday to create a not-for-profit corporation that would set up this lower-cost health insurance program for uninsured children. The fact that health services for these children might be delivered through schools is certain to generate some Senate opposition to this bill. Opponents say schools would have too much control over decisions about children's health that are best left to parents. They also argue that the highly regarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which would provide the startup funds for this program, favors school-based clinics and would attach policy strings to its money.

To the extent that the foundation has sought to shape such policies in the past, it has done so in the public's best interest. For example, the foundation recently undertook a review of health care issues in more than 12 regions, including St. Louis, to explain the forces that are shaping and reshaping health-care problems. The review helped identify measures these regions needed to take to bring health-care costs under control. It also identified by age, race and household incomes the specific groups whose health needs were unmet. The sponsors of the House bill were Speaker Steve Gaw and Democratic Reps. Sheila Lumpe of University City, Pat Dougherty of St. Louis and Scott Lakin of Kansas City. They note that the bill is patterned after two earlier Missouri initiatives to expand health-care coverage and cut medical costs. One is the Consolidated Health Care Plan, under which Missouri used the purchasing power of large pools of state and local government employees to buy health insurance at substantially lower rates for these workers. …

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