Yesterday, Missouri hospitals blamed nearly 1,000 layoffs, a hiring freeze, and delays in capital projects, on the state legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid.
About two dozen low-income residents, pastors, business leaders and health care advocates testified Tuesday in support of legislation that would expand Medicaid eligibility to about 300,000 people living in or near poverty.
In case there was any doubt, a coalition of Republicans made it clear Monday that they will do everything within their power to ensure there is no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.
For children, those younger than 19, dental care is a pediatric service that must be covered as an essential benefit.
State and local leaders call for an expansion of Medicaid in Missouri.
Nixon and state Rep. Tommie Pierson are scheduled to host a community meeting at Greater St. Mark Family Church downtown at 6:30 p.m.
Missouri has a backlog of about 22,000 parents and children waiting to learn whether they will be covered by Medicaid.
Former Republican Sen. Kit Bond is citing problems with the federal health care law as a reason to embrace one of its key provisions by expanding Medicaid coverage.
The Department of Economic Development projects the new jobs would bring in $9.9 billion in new wages.
Gov. Nixon called for expansion during his State of the State address.