Medicaid expansion supporters begin work for 2020

Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Missouri have already started their push to put the issue on the state’s ballot in 2020.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that paperwork for a ballot measure to expand Medicaid in the state filed Nov. 7, one day after the midterm elections.

Submitting a petition is the first of multiple steps required to put a measure before voters.

Missouri is one of a shrinking number of states that continue to opt against Medicaid expansion, a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

Expansion of the health insurance program to able-bodied adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level was approved by Congress but overruled by the Supreme Court in 2012, leaving expansion decisions to the states.

To date, 36 states and the District of Columbia have approved Medicaid expansion. Missouri is one of 14 states that have not.

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