Missouri bill requires separate approval for segregated Medicaid expansion costs

Missouri voters in August approved a constitutional amendment that expanded Medicaid despite fierce opposition by the Legislature’s GOP majority and Republican Gov. Mike Parson.

Now, state lawmakers must execute the will of the people and enact legislation funding the $165 million state share of the $1.6 billion plan to extend Medicaid to approximately 275,000 uninsured Missourians before it goes into effect on July 1.

Amendment 2, approved by a 53-percent margin, expands Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides a higher federal funding share for states that extend Medicaid to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
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