On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters passed a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Medicaid expansion would begin on July 1, 2021 and that adults earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be eligible for coverage. Today, Governor Parson announced that he is withdrawing the federal paperwork required to begin expansion and, in violation of the Missouri constitution, will not move forward with Medicaid expansion on July 1.
Below is a statement on today’s news from Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, which has led the fight to win Medicaid expansion through ballot initiatives in states across the country.
“Missouri’s constitution is crystal clear: Medicaid expansion must begin on July 1. Missouri voters had the good sense to guarantee healthcare for their neighbors in the state constitution so that lifesaving care would no longer be subject to the whims of partisan politicians. Governor Parson’s announcement today that he intends to ignore the will of Missouri’s voters and violate the state constitution makes this a matter for Missouri’s courts to resolve. We have every confidence that litigation will result in Medicaid expansion beginning on time for the 275,000 Missourians who will be eligible for healthcare.”
Now, this is going to court.
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