Missouri Medicaid Coalition kicks off its Medicaid Expansion Campaign in Jeff City. Missouri can expand Medicaid to about 26,000 dollars for a family of three, with federal funding for the first three years. Expansion is expected to cover 255,000 Missourians next year, cutting the number of uninsured in the state by 1/3rd, and creating hundreds of jobs. The expansion, however, still needs to clear the state legislature; if the legislature doesn't approve, hospitals are projected to close, while the state will lose even more money. (And of course, more people, as a result of the hospital closures, will die, whether they're covered or not -- since insurance isn't enough to save a life if there's no hospital nearby.)
Missourians in Kansas City explain how important this expansion is to individuals and families who cannot afford health insurance.
A local news brief from KMOV, covering action in Kirkwood, MO:
Health care for all!