The Medicaid Crisis in Missouri

The Medicaid Crisis in Missouri

On average, it takes $178 each day to care for a single skilled nursing resident in the state of Missouri. Of the $178, Missouri is only paying on average $153. Missouri is failing to pay its share, allocating only $15.26 from general revenue per day for each of its most frail citizens.

The amount Missouri is paying is way below that of other states. Missouri’s surrounding states pay an average of $48.22 for each person in skilled nursing, two thirds more than Missouri does. If our state’s lawmakers do not adjust the state allocation, many skilled nursing facilities will ultimately be forced to close.

Missouri, Make Seniors A Priority and Pay What You Promise!

Medicaid Crisis in Missouri

What Can I Do?

Handwrite a letter

(MOST EFFECTIVE!)

You may choose to reference the letter below. Handwritten letters may be sent to both your Senator and Representative, using the addresses on the “Legislator Contacts” section below.

Senator/Representative ___________
201 W Capitol Ave, Rm. ___________
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Dear Senator/Representative ___________

As a resident of Missouri, I am saddened and angered by our state’s neglect of its senior population. Missouri’s SNF Medicaid reimbursement is averaging approximately $25 less per day per resident than the state’s formula says it should be. Missouri contributes only $15.26 PPD from General Revenue, about one third less than its surrounding states. This is driving Missouri’s Medicaid shortfall and making it increasingly difficult for the state’s nursing homes to care for senior citizens. As a result, care levels may be compromised at some of the state’s facilities and many may ultimately be forced to close.

This is a travesty of justice for older adults and their families. And it does not have to be this way! Missouri’s surrounding states are allocating significantly more money from general revenue, resulting in higher reimbursements for skilled nursing residents. The amount Missouri’s neighbors are paying is similar to what Missouri says it should be paying! Put in real numbers, these states pay an average of $48.22 per diem from General Revenue, more than three times the amount Missouri pays.

From a moral standpoint, Missouri’s reduced Medicaid allocation is unconscionable. Our seniors have contributed to the state’s wealth, have lived by its laws, and have put you in office. Please remember these important citizens by helping them get the care they need.

Please vote to fully fund SNF Medicaid in 2018. Make seniors a priority, and pay the full amount that Missouri’s own formula stipulates!

Respectfully,
_____________

Send a form letter

(ALSO VERY EFFECTIVE!)

Choose from the letters below. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the name fields on the letter, then save it, print your letter and sign it. Then send to both your Senator and Representative, using the addresses on the “Legislator Contacts” section below.

Letter to your Senator
Letter to your Representative
Letter to the Governor

Send an email

(SLIGHTLY LESS EFFECTIVE, BUT STILL VERY IMPORTANT!)

Copy text from below into your email. Use the “Legislator Contacts” section below to find the correct email. Use “Medicaid Concerns from a Missouri Resident” or “Medicaid Concerns from a Missouri Senior” as the subject line for your email.

Dear Senator/Representative ___________

As a resident of Missouri, I am saddened and angered by our state’s neglect of its senior population. Missouri’s SNF Medicaid reimbursement is averaging approximately $25 less per day per resident than the state’s formula says it should be. Missouri contributes only $15.26 PPD from General Revenue, about one third less than its surrounding states. This is driving Missouri’s Medicaid shortfall and making it increasingly difficult for the state’s nursing homes to care for senior citizens. As a result, care levels may be compromised at some of the state’s facilities and many may ultimately be forced to close.

This is a travesty of justice for older adults and their families. And it does not have to be this way! Missouri’s surrounding states are allocating significantly more money from general revenue, resulting in higher reimbursements for skilled nursing residents. The amount Missouri’s neighbors are paying is similar to what Missouri says it should be paying! Put in real numbers, these states pay an average of $48.22 per diem from General Revenue, more than three times the amount Missouri pays.

From a moral standpoint, Missouri’s reduced Medicaid allocation is unconscionable. Our seniors have contributed to the state’s wealth, have lived by its laws, and have put you in office. Please remember these important citizens by helping them get the care they need.

Please vote to fully fund SNF Medicaid in 2018. Make seniors a priority, and pay the full amount that Missouri’s own formula stipulates!

Respectfully,
_____________

Call your lawmaker

(STILL VERY IMPORTANT!)

  • Find the phone number for your lawmaker using the “Legislator Contacts” section below.
  • When you call, reference the name of your elected official, even if you are talking to his/her legislative aide.
  • Read one or more of the following key points:
    • Missouri is providing inadequate support for Skilled Nursing Medicaid.
    • Missouri is reimbursing Skilled Nursing Medicaid at a level $25 below the amount that its own formula stipulates it should pay!
    • Missouri pays 1/3 less toward Medicaid than its neighboring states.
  • If you have a personal story, share it with your lawmaker or his/her legislative aide! Our state’s leaders need to understand the severity of the Medicaid issue!

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Legislator Contacts

FAQs about contacting your legislator

Q: How do I address the state’s legislators?
A: When writing your representative: In the address block, refer to your state representative as “The Honorable [John Doe]. In the opening of your letter, address your representative as [Mr./Ms. Doe.]

When writing your senator, address them as Senator [John Doe], both in the address block and in the opening of your letter.

Q: How do I know where to send my letters and emails?
A: Go to the “Legislator Contact” section to find your legislator’s contact information. If you live at a Lutheran Senior Services Community, you should use the senator and representative for that community.

Q: Will my voice be heard?
A: YES. Loud and clear! Representatives don’t hear from their constituents as much as they would like to! Handwritten letters get read the most, so consider writing a letter by hand on your own stationery if you are able.

More Information

For more information, visit savemoseniors.com. This is a third party advocacy site, not affiliated with Lutheran Senior Services, containing useful information and advocacy tools.

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