Mo. hospitals trim staff, construction projects

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri hospitals have eliminated about 1,000 positions and put a hiring freeze on more than 2,100 vacant positions in the past six months.

The Missouri Hospital Association released the figures Wednesday as part of its push to get the state Legislature to expand Medicaid coverage for thousands of lower-income adults.

States that expand Medicaid eligibility can receive billions of additional federal dollars. The hospital association says that money is needed to offset other federal funding cuts and the costs of treating the uninsured.

The eliminated or frozen positions amount to about 2.5 percent of the roughly 123,000 hospital jobs in Missouri.

The hospital association says its survey also found that 37 hospitals are delaying or canceling capital improvement projects totaling more than $100 million.

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  • Joe

    When we vote in too many conservatives,who follow the party line and refuse to do the right thing for the people of this state, it is time to vote them out and elect people who are more interested in helping the residents of this state more than they are in making a name and money for themselves. Expand medicaid now! If you don’t think the poor need health coverage, the people of this state should provide for the lawmakers exactly what the poorest of this state recieve. Lawmakers need to remember that we are paying for their healthcare and now they need to help pay for ours by accepting the federal money available. Some of that money came from Missouri taxpayers and we deserve to get some back rather than giving our money to the other states. Why are our lawmakers so stupid?

  • Looey

    The federal government owes $17.4 trillion dollars. When Obama leaves office the feds will owe $20 trillion. When interest rates rise to only 5% the feds will owe $1 trillion a year on the interest alone. The revenue last year was $2.55 trillion. Deduct the $1 trillion from the revenue to see there will be oniy $1.55 trillion left to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and welfare. There won’t be enough money left to run the government. People who think the federal government has a bottomless money pit are wrong.

    BTW, the feds on’y pay for Medicaid expansion for a short time and then it will be left up to the state to pay for it. That will bankrupt Missouri. Nixon should be voted out so right to work laws can be passed in MO which will bring in higher paying jobs. Missouri ranks 41st out of 50 states when it comes to creating jobs and economy.

    Why are liberals so stupid?

  • Carrie

    well that explains why as a nurse i cant get a job. Been an RN for 2 years now, still looking for a job. And it stinks. Yet colleges keep spouting nursing shortages, high pay for degreed nurses, and great opportunity. All that happens is the college makes a ton of money, and 6 months after you graduate, you have to find something to pay back the student loans….. Thanks Obama for destroying the dreams of many