Medicaid in Missouri and Its Budgetary Impact

Medicaid is Missouri’s single largest government-run program, and its costs have grown substantially over the past decade. Without reform, the program will continue to consume more and more of the state’s budget, which means less money will be available for other public policy priorities such as education.

Despite growing concern about Medicaid in Missouri, the issues plaguing the program are not widely understood. This report explains how Missouri’s program works and what has driven costs to where they are today.

Medicaid Is Stifling Economic Growth in Missouri

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Medicaid costs in Missouri are expected to increase drastically again next year. This yearly refrain will continue again into State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020, as indicated by the recently released state department requests for next year’s budget. The exploding cost of Medicaid is something my colleagues have written about extensively, especially since the passage of Obamacare in 2010.