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June 20, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Nienow

Missouri Health Partnership concerned about Senate healthcare bill

A broad coalition of Missouri hospitals, nurses, mental healthcare advocates, and parent-teacher organizations are feeling anxious as Republican Senators in Washington, D.C., work to draft a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Missouri Health Partnership is concerned that, if the House version of the bill is any indication, funding for Medicaid would be cut dramatically. Amy Blouin, executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, says federal cuts would directly impact the state. President Trump recently called the House version of the bill he originally championed "mean."

The Missouri Health Partnership stresses that Medicaid eligibility rules in the state are already some of the most strict in the country. Blouin says it's also important to note the makeup of Missouri's Medicaid population. The most recent analysis of the House bill by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated it would have left about 13 million more Americans without health insurance in the next decade.

The Senate bill has been kept under tight wraps, but some senators have expressed the desire to vote on their alternative bill by July 4.