Missouri Chamber Hires Kit Bond To Promote Medicaid Expansion

Kit Bond addresses the audience at a National Guard conference in 2009. | Photo courtesy of The National Guard/Flickr
Kit Bond will lobby for Medicaid expansion in Missouri. | Photo courtesy of The National Guard/Flickr

Kit Bond has been hired as a lobbyist by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which wants the former governor and U.S. senator to help persuade the Republican-led General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

“It’s Republicans who are uncertain on this issue, and there are few Republicans in Missouri who have more respect and credibility than Kit Bond,” said Dan Mehan, the Missouri chamber’s president.

Bond criticized the federal health insurance law in the past. The chamber also initially opposed Obamacare but became an outspoken advocate for expanding Medicaid in Missouri after the Affordable Care Act took effect. Mehan said, “We should take the opportunity to get an enormous amount of investment back into our state and, while we’re at it, improve Medicaid for everyone.”

States can initially receive 100 percent federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to adults earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level — an annual income of about $32,500 for a family of four. The state’s share of the costs increase gradually to 10 percent by 2020.

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