The Nine Network Explores Debate About Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Half-Hour Special Looks at Pros and Cons of the Affordable Care Act on Missouri 

St. Louis, MOJanuary 24, 2013—As part of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri must decide whether to participate in Medicaid expansion. Confronting lawmakers are decisions affecting politics, policies, economics and access to medical care. The Nine Network explores these complicated and nuanced issues in a half-hour special, Health, Money and Politics: Missouri’s Medicaid Debate, airing Monday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.

Hosted by Jim Kirchherr, Health, Money and Politics: Missouri’s Medicaid Debate looks at who is covered by the Affordable Care Act, how it covers the uninsured, who would be included in Medicaid expansion, what help is available to states to pay for it, and why the Affordable Care Act is at the forefront of important issues confronting the state in 2013.

Producers Kirchherr and Anne-Marie Berger gather input about the consequences of various choices through interviews with doctors, legislators, policy advocates, health care executives and academics from throughout the state. Among those who share their perspectives are primary care physician Dr. Heidi Miller, Republican state Sen. John Lamping, BJC President and CEO Steven Lipstein, Director of Health and Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health Ryan Barker, President and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association Herb Kuhn, Republican Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, St. Louis University professor Sidney Watson, and Salem (Missouri) Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor.

This special is part of Our Region’s Health, Nine Network’s ongoing coverage of health issues, which is supported in part by the Regional Health Commission.

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