Dollars and Sense of Medicaid Expansion – Series #3

How Many New Jobs Would Be Generated By Medicaid Expansion? The recent report by the University of Missouri School of Medicine and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates projects a little over 24,000 new jobs would be created in 2014, with 22,175 of these jobs being sustained through the year 2020. (See chart below).

The report, however, does not take into account how many jobs will be lost to the state of Missouri due to the reduction in federal payments to hospitals for the uncompensated care provided to the poor. The reduction in disproportionate hospital payments (DSH) over the next few years will total several billion dollars.The MCC understands another report may be prepared that will show if, despite the reduction in DSH payments, there is any net increase in new jobs.

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