What We're Reading at REACH

January 30, 2013  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Oral Health Access

This week, a bill was introduced in the Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee by Rep. Brian Weber, Dodge City, that would authorize the licensure of mid-level dental providers in Kansas. Read the Kansas Health Institute news article about the proposed legislation.

Kaiser Health News provides an overview of expanded pediatric dental benefits that will be available starting in 2014. Beginning next year, individual and small-group health plans sold on the state-based health insurance exchanges and outside them on the private market will cover pediatric dental services. Read the Kasier Health News article.

Medicaid Expansion

Discussion of state expansion of Medicaid programs is cropping up more frequently now that legislatures are in session. Both the Kansas and Missouri hospital associations have released statements advocating for the states to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured adults.

Read a Kansas Health Institute commentary by Kansas Hospital Association President and CEO Tom Bell.

A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association projects that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could cost Missouri more than 9,000 jobs, $1.9 billion in reduced capital investment or $1.1 billion in cost shift to the insured. Read the latest statement.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has called on the Legislature to support Medicaid expansion,  has used the Missouri Hospital Association’s analyses to support his statements. Missouri House Republican budget leaders say they will work on the next state budget without including Medicaid expansion. Read a news report.