On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters said loud and clear that expanding Medicaid just makes sense!
As we now move to carry out Medicaid expansion, we are committed to working with the state to do so consistent with the will of Missouri voters. We can learn from the best practices of other states that have seen improved health outcomes and economic gains as a result of their efforts. We must build on the momentum of this moment and we look forward to working in partnership with state officials and MO HealthNet to make the changes needed so the program works for those who will be newly eligible.
Until expansion is realized, in Missouri, parents in a family of four must earn $5,550 or less per year to qualify for health insurance through Medicaid. A single adult does not qualify. 230,000 Missourians make too much to qualify for Medicaid—but not enough to afford health coverage on their own. Without health insurance, Missourians can’t get and stay healthy, go to work, and support their families. By expanding Missouri’s Medicaid program, MO HealthNet, an individual who makes up to $18,000 per year would be eligible. Expanding the Medicaid program would also bring our taxpayer dollars back home and save state funding, keep rural hospitals open, and create jobs.