Missouri To Expand Medicaid After Ballot Measure Passes : Shots - Health News

Missouri To Expand Medicaid After Ballot Measure Passes : Shots - Health News

Despite strong opposition from Republicans and rural voters, Missouri on Tuesday joined 37 states and the District of Columbia in expanding its Medicaid program. Voters in Missouri approved Amendment 2, creating a state constitutional amendment that will open Medicaid eligibility to include healthy adults starting on July 1, 2021. Voters approved expansion by a vote of 53.25% to 46.75%. A total of 1,263,776 voters weighed in on the measure. Missouri joins five other mostly conservative states which have passed Medicaid expansion via ballot initiatives, most recently Oklahoma which voted in the measure on June 30. Most of the remaining 12 states that haven't expanded Medicaid are Republican-leaning states in the South. Nika Cotton, the owner of Soulcentricitea, a newly opened tea shop in Kansas City, Missouri, woke to the news on Wednesday morning. Cotton, whose children are 8 and 10, says she will qualify for health care coverage under expansion. "It takes a lot of stress off of my shoulders with having to think about how I'm going to take care of myself, how I'm going to be able to go and see a doctor and get the health care I need while I'm starting my business," Cotton says. Medicaid expansion, which states have the option of adopting as part of the Affordable Care Act, opens eligibility in the program to individuals and families with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. The federal government covers 90% of expansion costs. Researchers from Washington University in ...
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