This report is the fifth in a series examining how the 2005 changes to Medicaid have affected 40 Missouri hospitals. Charity Care at Missouri Hospitals utilizes data on uncompensated care (i.e., charity care and bad debt) and emergency department use. Additionally, the report examines the impact of the Medicaid changes on federally qualified health centers. An executive summary is also available.
Understanding Medicare, is intended to provide an accurate and easy-to-understand description of the Medicare program. This report includes changes to the Medicare program made by the 2010 federal health reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Understanding Medicare reviews benefits, eligibility, cost sharing, provider reimbursement, financing and expenditures of the program. View the report
This paper represents the first in the series emerging under the Cover Missouri Project. It examines the serious health and financial consequences associated with being uninsured, as well as the importance of health insurance as it relates to people's access to care, use of services and ultimately to their health outcomes.
This paper shows that companies providing health insurance to the spouses of their employees are assuming additional health care costs of more than $46 billion nationally, including $891 million for companies in the state of Missouri. It examines the “free-rider effect,” and the distribution of costs associated with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) among dual-income families.
This data book examines the cost of the uninsured borne by the state and its residents.
This study examines trends in insurance coverage by geographic area and by subgroups such as age, ethnicity, income, and firm size. It also analyzes differences in the types of insurance that people have in large cities compared to rural communities and small cities throughout Missouri.
This paper presents an estimate of personal health care spending and the distribution of health insurance coverage in Missouri in the year 2003. Several data sources were used to develop estimates as no single repository for this varied information exists.
This chart book profiles sources of health insurance coverage in Missouri.
Summary: This paper provides a broad overview of how individual states are confronting the nationwide challenge of constraining health care costs. It offers a timely and much-needed view to a range of policies, as well as their potentials and their costs.