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Politics Missouri votes for Medicaid expansion over GOP governor's objections

07:50  05 august  2020
07:50  05 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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While some Republican governors have dragged their feet on implementing expansion even after it passed, or imposed conservative policies like work Missouri is the sixth state in three years to vote on a Medicaid expansion ballot measure. Oklahoma approved expansion at the beginning of July

Missouri ’ s Medicaid program currently does not cover most adults without children, and its income Backers include the Missouri Hospital Association and groups with particular sway over Parson said the earlier vote will give the state more time to financially prepare for Medicaid expansion , if it passes.

Voters in deep-red Missouri narrowly approved Medicaid expansion on Tuesday over the objections of Republican state leaders.

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The vote makes Missouri the 38th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and the sixth state in three years to pass it by ballot measure, a blow to the Trump administration's anti-ObamaCare agenda.

The ballot measure, backed by progressive activists as well as state business and health groups, would expand the state's MO HealthNet program to anyone earning less than 133 percent of the poverty level, which is less than $18,000 a year for an individual, and less than $30,000 for a family of three.

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Missouri ’s Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past decade, which prompted supporters to turn Voters on Tuesday also will pick the Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress, the Missouri governor ' s seat and other statewide offices, and

Missouri ’ s Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past decade, which prompted supporters to turn to Missouri ’ s Medicaid program currently does not cover most adults without children, and its income eligibility threshold for parents is one of the lowest

The expansion will take effect on July 1, 2021.

The measure was approved 52 percent to 48 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday night.

According to Healthcare for Missouri, one of the groups spearheading the effort, it would mean coverage for more than 200,000 currently uninsured Missourians, and could result in up to $1 billion of savings.

Missouri has one of the strictest Medicaid programs in the country. As the policy stands currently, adults who do not have disabilities and who do not have minor children living at home cannot qualify for Medicaid coverage, no matter how little money they make. Parents with dependent children can only earn up to 21 percent of the poverty level, which is about $2,700 each.

Under ObamaCare, the federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost of states that expand Medicaid. Missouri has not yet outlined a plan to pay for its 10 percent share.

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Tate Reeves, who opposes Medicaid expansion , accompanied by President Donald [+] Trump speaks at a rally at BancorpSouth Arena in Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat who supports expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor, is in a close race against current Lieutenant

COLUMBIA, Mo . (AP) — Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care The vote on health care, as well as primaries for statewide offices and congressional seats Missouri ’ s Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the

The state is solidly conservative, as President Trump won 57 percent of the vote in 2016. Republicans, who have supermajorities in both the state House and Senate, were opposed to the measure, as was Gov. Mike Parson (R) who is up for re-election.

However, the language used in the ballot measure ensures that Medicaid expansion is enshrined in the state's constitution, which would make it extremely difficult for Parson or the legislature to dismantle it in the future or add any conservative policies, like work requirements.


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Missouri voters ousted a Democratic dynasty and embraced someone who could become one of the most liberal members of Congress. The state also has signed off on a key element of Obamacare.Both outcomes are viewed as significant signals toward the political landscape of the Midwest and have some questioning what it will mean for November elections, as President Donald Trump seeks a second term and Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the U.S. House and Senate.

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