A health care advocacy group found that more than 200,000 of the 350,000 Missourians who would gain coverage from Medicaid expansion are working or had worked within the last year. The report released by Families USA uses census data to paint a picture of the waitresses, cashiers, child care workers and others who would benefit.
The group’s definition of work picked up seasonal workers, self-employed people with contract work and others with temporary jobs.
A lobbyist for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a conference call with reporters to release the report. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has pushed for Medicaid expansion, but it has been stymied in the Republican-led Legislature.