Beginning in January 2014, states can opt into an expanded Medicaid program to provide health coverage for more individuals and families. The expanded program broadens the population eligible to participate to include all non-elderly, non-disabled individuals with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($29,700 for family of four in 2011). Whether Missouri should opt into the new program is expected to be a topic of debate in the 2013 session of the Missouri General Assembly.
The new program promises more access to health care for Missourians and the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of the program for the first three years. But what about the effect on the federal deficit and what about the cost to the state after the federal government scales back its share of the cost? The MCC is preparing a fact sheet on these and other questions related to the Medicaid expansion.