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Report Alleges Medicaid Cuts Impact Women and Children Most

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A new report alleges that the Medicaid cuts Missouri lawmakers approved earlier this year disproportionately impact women and children. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A new report alleges that the Medicaid cuts Missouri lawmakers approved earlier this year disproportionately impact women and children.

The National Women's Law Center released the study Wednesday.

The report finds that women are twice as likely as men to qualify for Medicaid because of wage disparities...It concludes that lawmakers should not only restore Medicaid cuts but expand the program.

Kerri McBee is director of the Alliance for the Status of Missouri Women, an advocacy group promoting a wide-range of women's issues.

McBee says lawmakers who serve on the committee looking at ways to overhaul Medicaid will get a copy of the report.

Lawmakers who supported cuts to Medicaid say the program had become too large and failed to meet the needs of citizens.