Sumary of Missouri ‘voted for this lie,’ says state rep trying to block Medicaid expansion:
- Single adults aren’t eligible for coverage through the state’s program — dubbed MO HealthNet — at all, and parents can’t make more than 21% of the federal poverty level:.
- That was all set to change on July 1 because of a constitutional amendment voters approved last summer, which made Missouri the 38th state to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act..
- But in the deep-red state, which voted for former President Donald Trump by more than 15 percentage points in 2020, lawmakers are looking to undo the voters’ decision..
- Democrats argue Republicans are pushing ideology over the will of the people — who voted by more than 6 percentage points to expand the program..
- Related Stories Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law last month, compels the federal government to pitch in an extra 5% of costs for new expansion states..
- While Parson opposed expansion in the run-up to the vote, he has since argued he has to carry out the will of the voters….