Here’s How One State Just Screwed Over 300,000 Low-Income People
“It’s the easiest and simplest way to improve our health care in our state, improve our economy,” state Sen. Paul LeVota (D), who spearheaded the amendment, said on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This isn’t a crazy idea. This is an idea whose time has come.”
Approximately half of U.S. states have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which offers participating states federal payments covering the full enrollment costs of newly eligible participants from 2014 to 2016.
Despite the estimated $1.7 billion Missouri would have received from the federal government in 2015, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer (R) argued that costly Medicaid bills would divert from education funding, according to the Associated Press.
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