Missouri Governor has accepted the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, but yet is still battling republican legislature to finalized the Expansion. The State will not be moving forward with the Medicaid Expansion Profision
On November 29, 2012 Gov. Jay Nixon At a press conference laid out why he wanted to enact Medicaid Expansion in Missouri. The Governor cites the estimated 300,000 plus Missouri residents who would benefit from the Medicaid Expansion in the state of Missouri and healthcare cost to currently support the unisured. He also touted the fiscal benefits to the state of Missouri and tax paying residents from the federal government covering 100% of the Medicaid expansion cost for the first three years of the program and 90-95% for the subsequent years.
On December 11, 2012 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote an article on the results of a poll conducted by the St. Louis Foundation for Health, where 52 % of the poll participants provided favorable responses to the idea of Medicaid Expansion in Missouri, while 18% did not favor Medicaid Expansion in Missouri.
On January 16 2013 large group of individuals gather to address more than 100 people at Kirkwood Baptist church. This is part of a statewide campaign to push the republican general assembly in Missouri to accept the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act. Many of the speakers expressed personal experiences as well as some of the challenges with the current Medicaid eligibility rules in Missouri. One speaker stated that a family of three individuals earning less than $4,000 a year would not qualify for Medicaid based on the current state eligibility standards.
A law professor from St. Louis University also spoke to the crowd explaining the state of Missouri stands to potentially save $348 Million dollars due to Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act. If the State of Missouri expands Medicaid the majority of the states uninsured would be part of the new Medicaid Expansion and since the federal government would cover the cost at 100%, The state would not be responsible for paying the hospital fees for those individuals whom were previously uninsured.
Governor Jay Nixon will included the Medicaid Expansion plan in his propose budget, in addition to campaigning throughout the state of Missouri for Medicaid Expansion, even though republicans in the general assembly have expressed their opposition to the Medicaid Expansion. Some republican legislative leaders in Missouri have touted many reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion including fiscal, and philosophical reasons. However as it appears currently the majority of Missourians , and Governor Jay Nixon are pushing for Medicaid Expansion on all fronts
In Missouri; there are 402,000 uninsured adults who will be eligible for the Medicaid Expansion program. When the state expanded its Medicaid program, and starts the Medicaid Expansion initiative. 351,000 individuals will be eligible for Medicaid Expansion. 51,000 are currently eligible Medicaid under the states program but are not enrolled.
How many adults in Missouri will become part of the Medicaid Expansion program?
When Missouri establishes the Medicaid Expansion program, there will be a range of 308,000 to 438,000 adults who will be eligible and may participate in the Medicaid Expansion program by 2019.
How much will it cost Missouri to partake in the Medicaid Expansion program?
It is estimated that Missouri will spend in the range of $431 Million to $773 Million to cover the additional adults that are part of the Medicaid Expansion program during the first six years of the expansion. The federal government will cover 100% of the cost of the additional enrollees, thus causing the state of Missouri to spend just 1.7% to 3.1% more than what Missouri would spend without Medicaid Expansion within that same time frame.
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