Medicaid Expansion
5:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Nixon Focuses On Medicaid, Holds Comments On Same-Sex Marriage

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (at right) speaks with Paraquad CEO Aimee Wehmeier in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 26, 2013. Nixon was in Kirkwood speaking to community leaders about expansion of Medicaid.

A GOP plan for Medicaid expansion in the Missouri House would add fewer adults to the plan than the one Governor Jay Nixon has proposed. But during a stop in Kirkwood Tuesday, the Democrat praised the progress in the Republican-controlled House.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states have to expand the Medicaid requirement to 138 percent of the poverty line in order to accept the federal funds that go with it.

Currently in Missouri, those making an income of less than $4,5000 a year for a family of four qualify.

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Missouri state budget
8:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mo. House To Begin FY2014 State Budget Debates Tuesday

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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Medicaid expansion
8:14 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Heard By Mo. House Committee

Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight and Accountability meeting on March 25th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.

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10:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

MCU Rallies For Medicaid Expansion

Members of Metropolitan Congregations United rally for Medicaid expansion on Monday, March 18.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

The working poor in Missouri are desperately in need of affordable healthcare.  

That was the message at a rally Monday evening organized by members of Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU).

From the steps of St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Louis City, speaker after speaker called on lawmakers to take advantage of federal money to expand Medicaid coverage.

“It’s the right thing to do," said Barbara Paulus, an organizer with the religious coalition.  "It’s good for the Missouri economy.  But, most importantly, people have a right to healthcare.” 

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2013 Mo. Legislative Session
4:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Discuss 2nd-Half Priorities As Legislative Spring Break Arrives

(l-r) Mo. Sen. Pres. Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) and House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) address the media after the Mo. Gen. Assembly adjourned for spring break on March 14th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Spring break has arrived for Missouri lawmakers, as they take a week off before returning to Jefferson City on March 25th.

They’ll have plenty of items on their plate when they get back -- among the House’s priorities is debating and voting on the state budget, which still does not include Medicaid expansion. Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says the federal health care law does not require states to add more people to the Medicaid rolls.

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MO Statehouse
3:46 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.

A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.

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Medicaid expansion
6:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Dempsey Denies Mo. Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Mo. Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles)
Mo. Senate

The leader of the Missouri Senate is denying reports from some conservative bloggers that top Republicans are planning an about-face on Medicaid expansion.

In particular, Red State published a report Monday that President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R, St. Charles) and Senator Mike Parson (R, Bolivar) were backing a so-called “shell bill” that would be used to add Medicaid expansion to next year’s state budget.  Dempsey denies that report.

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Medicaid Expansion
5:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Nixon Tries New Tactic To Sway GOP On Medicaid Expansion

Flanked by law enforcement officials and health professionals, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon details a new plan on the impact of strengthening Medicaid on mental health, in St. Louis on March 3, 2013.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is using a new tactic in an attempt to persuade Republican state lawmakers to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid: public safety.

On Monday, Nixon brought out St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, who said expanding Medicaid to another 50,000 Missourians who need mental health treatment will improve public safety.

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Medicaid Expansion
2:19 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Over 500,000 More Illinoisans One Step Closer To Medicaid Eligibility

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Will be updated.

An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.

The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.

Nearly 2.8 million Illinois residents are currently covered by Medicaid, the government health program for the poor and disabled.

Starting in 2014, an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 uninsured Illinois residents would be newly eligible for coverage. The expansion would mainly benefit low-income adults who don't have children at home.

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Medicaid Alternative
10:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) is sponsoring the Republicans' alternative to Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.
Mo. House Communications

A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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