How Low Can You Go?

Compared to other states, Missouri has one of the lowest income eligibility levels for working adults and parents to qualify for Medicaid health coverage. A mother with two children will not qualify in most circumstances if her annual income is above $4,584. The Medicaid expansion would cover parents up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or an income of $25,390 annually. The expansion would be a boon to many working parents who may work two part-time jobs but have no health insurance. In its statement this week to the legislators, the MCC urged more health coverage be available to the working poor as a way to respect the dignity of work and workers.

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