Missouri's Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative Gains Momentum

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Missouri’s Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative Gains Momentum

The petition to put a Medicaid expansion in Missouri to a statewide vote has garnered more than 25% of the needed signatures to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot, according to campaign officials.

The effort to extend eligibility for the state-sponsored health insurance program to those making up to $18,000 a year also has received support from several high-profile state organizations, including Washington University and BJC HealthCare.

Public health officials also are supporting the effort led by Healthcare for Missouri. St. Louis Health Director Fred Echols said earlier this month that many people in the city don’t have access to medical care and could benefit from coverage under Medicaid.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio.