This week the Missouri Senate made it official – Missouri will not be expanding its Medicaid program this year. The body defeated an amendment offered by Senator Jolie Justus that would have allowed the state of Missouri to draw down $890,474,624 in federal funds for the Medicaid expansion.
Click here for the Senate vote.
If Missouri had accepted these federal funds, the state would have been able to extend health coverage to many of the working poor. At present, Missouri limits Medicaid coverage to about 19% of the Federal Poverty Level. Expectations are that the general assembly will resume consideration of Medicaid expansion next January as the 2014 session opens. There remains a slim chance of consideration of Medicaid expansion in a special session this September, but that seems increasingly unlikely. Stay tuned for more.