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Survey to Examine Number of Workers on Medicaid

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This week, Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt ordered the state to conduct a survey to find out how many working people are on Medicaid. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

This week, Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt ordered the state to conduct a survey to find out how many working people are on Medicaid.

The idea is to find out why people who have jobs don't have health coverage.

The survey will be issued on a quarterly basis beginning in 2008.

Deborah Scott is Director of the Department of Social Services, the agency that will conduct the survey.

Some democrats have asserted that the Medicaid roles have grown because businesses don't offer affordable health insurance.

Scott says the goal of the survey is to discover how much employers and, by extension, employees are relying on the state for healthcare.

The survey will make industry wide comparisons with businesses being sorted into categories.