Medicaid Expansion Declared Dead for Session

Around 1500 people came to the Capitol Tuesday to urge legislators to expand Medicaid, but the issue is dead for the session declared the House sponsor of HCS HB 700. State Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) has tried for months to convince his colleagues in both the House and Senate that Medicaid could be reformed and expanded at the same time, but the Missouri Senate has shown little interest in his proposal.

The Senate prefers to form an interim committee and study the issue before possibly expanding a reformed Medicaid next year. The delay will mean Missouri loses millions of dollars in federal funds and that thousands of the working poor in Missouri will continue without health coverage.

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