Missouri voters latest to approve Medicaid expansion


The state has suffered one of the fastest increases in coronovirus infections in the form of the Missouri vote and now reports more than 1,200 new cases on average, almost three times a month ago. It is unclear whether state regulations around mail-in balloting may be affected. Since the state required mail-in ballots to be notarized, the organizers expected the majority of voters to vote on election day.

Republican Government Mike Mike Parson, who is up for reelection, opposed the ballot measure, saying the state could not tolerate coverage expansion. Missouri’s Medicaid program has already seen enrollment growth About 9 percent Between February and May, ranking among the largest rankings nationwide.

The organizers of the Ballet initiative focused on the same messages as other successful Medicaid expansion campaigns. He highlighted the federal support it would bring to cash-strapped rural hospitals, 10 closed since 2014 and others facing financial crises. The federal government provides 90 percent of the funding for Medicaid expansion, which is more generous to Missouri than the 65 percent rate for its current program.

“Quite frankly, Missourians are sick and tired of not getting their fair share. They pay their taxes, they have observed that now 37 other states use that money to expand access to health care. Meanwhile, our economy is clearly sick, ”campaign spokesman Jack Cardetti said last week.

The ballot adds Medicaid expansion to the state’s constitution, effectively barring Republican lawmakers from adding conservative elements to the program – such as work requirements and premiums – as other states sought to take similar initiatives .

The Democrats accused Person of trying to sabotage the ballot by scheduling voting for the primary elections to be held on Tuesday instead of the November general election. Parson said that scheduling was not politically motivated and it was necessary to understand whether the state would be facing new spending commitments during the coronovirus crisis.

What will happen next: The ballot requires Missouri to be extended to next July and to formally notify the federal government by March 1.

There are now 12 states, mostly Republican-led, that have not yet expanded Medicaid. Virtually no one has indicated that they will give the program a facelift due to the epidemic.