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Missouri voters approve Medicaid expansion, making it 38th state to do so
The change comes as the number of coronavirus case in the state has been on the rise.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/missouri-voters-approve-medicaid-expansion-making-it-38th-state-do-n1235861?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma



COLUMBIA, Mo. — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.

Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning in July 2021, according to estimates from the state auditor.

“As Medicaid expansion is fully and expeditiously implemented so that Missourians are no longer forced to choose between putting food on the table and seeing a doctor, today’s victory will be a true turning point in the history of the Show Me State,” said A.J. Bockelman, the pro-Medicaid campaign manager.

The vote on health care, which was paired with Missouri’s primary elections, came as confirmed coronavirus cases have been rising in the state and the economy continues to suffer.

“I believe the economy is going to bounce back strongly but not anytime soon,” said 62-year-old Jim Roberts, an employee in the Clay County Prosecutor’s office in Liberty who voted to expand Medicaid. “Jesus said ‘The poor will be with you always,’ but we still need to address the concerns of those who are less fortunate.”



Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past decade, prompting supporters to turn to the initiative process.

Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Utah have all expanded Medicaid through ballot questions following inaction by state lawmakers, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Oklahoma became the 37th state to expand eligibility for Medicaid under the federal law last month.

Missouri’s Medicaid program currently does not cover most adults without children, and its income eligibility threshold for parents is one of the lowest in the nation at about one-fifth of the poverty level.



The ballot proposal will expand eligibility under the terms of the 2010 federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama. That law provides a higher-than-usual federal funding share for states that expand Medicaid coverage to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $17,600 for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three.

The office of Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway, who won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, said the financial impact on the state was not clear. The office has estimated that expanding Medicaid could cost the state at least $200 million or save as much as $1 billion annually by 2026. Republican opponents cited the potential costs as reason to oppose the ballot initiative.

By proposing a constitutional amendment instead of a new law, Missouri supporters have ensured that lawmakers will be unable to change it without going back to voters.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and won the Republican primary for a full term, moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday’s primary. Parson said the earlier vote would give the state more time to financially prepare for Medicaid expansion, if it passes. He said his decision was not about politics.



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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2020 03:32 pm
I used to be opposed to Medicaid expansion, but now do support it, based upon my personal experience of trying to help someone get insurance in a non-expansion state ...
Unfortunately, our politicians don't seem to ever find some other program in their budget to cut to pay for it; they just pile on the spending and the debt
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