As other states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republicans stand firmly opposed

Several red states have decided to revisit the possibility of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act following the failure of Congress to repeal and replace the controversial law, but Republican leaders in Missouri have made it known Medicaid expansion will not take place in the Show-Me State.

Gov. Eric Greitens | Photo courtesy of Harvard News

Gov. Eric Greitens, who would ultimately have to sign off on such a measure, emphatically said he would not sign a bill to expand Medicaid in Missouri.

While talks have renewed in Washington of a potential new health care bill, states including neighboring Kansas have looked into expanding Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, states receive funds from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to people living from 100 percent to 133 percent of the poverty level, or individuals making roughly $10,000 to $16,000. Political leaders in Maine, Virginia, and Georgia have also indicated their willingness to reconsider Medicaid expansion.

Read more: The Missouri Times

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