Medicaid Expansion in Missouri Would Create 24,000 Jobs, DED Estimates

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal
Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal

Medicaid expansion in Missouri would create nearly 24,000 jobs, $9.9 billion in new wages and $14.6 billion in new Gross State Product between 2015 and 2022, according to the research division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) says expanding Medicaid eligibility for adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would also generate $402 million in new state general revenue over that period.

Republican leadership in the legislature has not been supportive of expanding Medicaid, but at least some Republicans favor reforming the program, or a combination of expansion and reform. A proposal was filed by a Republican House member last week would extend Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes below the federal poverty level.

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