HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care industry intelligence, finds that a Medicaid Reform Commission has begun studying ways to rebuild Missouri's troubled Medicaid program. According to the latest issue of the Kansas & Missouri Health Plan Analysis from HealthLeaders-InterStudy, Gov. Matt Blunt signed a budget in May that cut $368 million in state spending from the $5 billion program; only the blind, children and pregnant women were exempt from cuts.

"Some 96,000 people lost coverage in a program that served just over 1 million Missourians," said Rick Byrne, HealthLeaders-InterStudy analyst. "With the legislation that authorizes Medicaid in the state set to expire in 2008, the state Legislature has begun studying what will replace it."

  Other health plan news in Kansas and Missouri:   * UnitedHealthcare and St. Louis' largest hospital system have settled     their differences over United's Performance network.   * CIGNA Healthcare now has contracts with all major Kansas City health     systems and hospitals.   * The St. Louis-based Essence Healthcare Medicare plan has expanded its     coverage to two Illinois counties.    About HealthLeaders-InterStudy 

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