Putting the squeeze on the stress dome
The Missouri Hospital Association wants to let state legislators know that cutting Medicaid would really put the squeeze on hospitals—and the local economies that rely on them as employers. Last month, the association sent a kit to each of its member hospitals to be used in meetings with local legislators on the economic impact of hospitals. In addition to the usual packet of data on hospital finances, employment and overall economic impact, the MHA included a foam stress ball in the shape of the dome on the state Capitol in Jefferson City.
“Strong communities NEED strong hospitals” is the motto in black ink on the front of the stress dome.
The hospital association recognizes that a budget crunch makes these stressful times for legislators, too, says Herb Kuhn, president and CEO of the MHA. Hard budget choices have to be made, but cutting reimbursements to hospitals could imperil economic growth as well as hospital finances, he says.
The stress domes are popular with the association’s member hospitals, which are giving them out to employees and community members, MHA spokesman Dave Dillon adds.
If legislators don’t heed the message, Outliers wonders if the foam domes will double as voodoo dolls for Missouri hospital CEOs.
If you’ve always wanted to squeeze the Missouri Capitol ... here’s your chance.