New White House report promotes benefits of Medicaid expansion

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Missouri could add 191,000 uninsured residents to Medicaid coverage if it expands eligibility by 2016, and the state would waive $1.37 billion in federal money next year if it doesn’t. That’s according to a new White House report that details the fiscal and health benefits for Missouri and other states if they decide to add more low-income residents to Medicaid.

The report, released Wednesday, is the latest in a series of studies that have tried to use data in making a case for expanding Medicaid programs across the country. But it’s unlikely to move the needle in Missouri, where the Republican-controlled Legislature has repeatedly resisted attempts at Medicaid expansion, one of the provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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