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Missouri Senators Object to a Money Making Blue Cross Blue Shield.

April 23, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City has run into roadblocks in the company's effort to become a for-profit organization. Kelly Just has the story from Jefferson City.

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After three hours of heated floor debate, Senators failed to vote on a bill that would let the non-profit Kansas City Insurance company switch to a for-profit operation.

St. Louis County Senator, John Schneider was the most outspoken opponent of the measure.

He suggests Blue Cross/Blue Shield is trying to rip off the public by keeping tax benefits received from the government while operating as a non-profit group.

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Contents: Schneider says that in his view, the companies took advantage of a kind public that reached into it's pockets and handed over tax money. He says he wants it back and so does the public.

Bill Sponsor, Phil Curls Senior says his measure simply levels the playing field for the Kansas City company with St. Louis Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

That company became a money-maker two years ago.

From the State Capitol, I'm Kelly Just.