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Writing on behalf of the MSMA Medical Student Section Board, in support of the spirit of this resolution, with several questions regarding the scope and an amendment suggestion. We believe outpatient medical care for all patients, especially those with Medicaid, is critical and support increasing access. Many of us interact with uninsured or underinsured patients in resident clinics at our medical schools and appreciate the barriers to adequate care resulting in long term negative health outcomes. However, the resolution does not include information about how many hospital networks in Missouri accept inpatient reimbursement, but do not provide outpatient care or how many physicians this would impact. We question potential negative consequences of this, such as financial challenges for smaller hospitals or the possibility that hospitals would cease treating Medicaid inpatients. Further information would be appreciated. We also offer an amendment to strike Resolved 2, as the potential financial savings of increased outpatient care would be difficult to quantify and redistribute. Thank you.
-Samantha Lund, Medical Student Section Board