Proposed state budget continues opposition to Medicaid expansion

The Missouri Senate this week will begin work with the state budget proposed by the House that continues Republicans’ opposition to expanding Medicaid.

Republicans oppose accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid eligibility, as laid out in the Affordable Care Act. They led a party-line vote to reject Democrats’ attempts to add it to the proposed spending plan.

Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) called the rejection “boneheaded,” noting that 300,000 uninsured Missourians would be insured with expansion of Medicaid. Republicans, including House Speaker Todd Richardson, argued that Medicaid is bankrupting the state with existing eligibility limits.

The budget proposal heads to the Senate, where Republican leadership shares shares the opposition to Medicaid expansion.

Read more: Missourinet

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