Missouri voters approved Medicaid Expansion via a state plan amendment last night.
Missouri voters have PASSED Amendment 2, the ballot initiative expanding Medicaid to approximately 230,000 low-income Missouri residents, @DecisionDeskHQ projects. Missouri joins Oklahoma as the second state to expand Medicaid via ballot initiative in 2020 https://t.co/AB2Vrh6lml pic.twitter.com/8OpdLQliW3
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) August 5, 2020
The State Plan Amendment Expansion will go into effect July 1, 2021. The State Plan Amendment means waivers that enable shenanigans like work requirements are not applicable to the expansion. The cities voted strongly for expansion while the suburbs and rural areas voted far less intensely against it than they typically vote against the cities.
12 states including the Big 4 of Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina still have not expanded Medicaid.
Congratulations Missouri for doing something to help your own residents and aid keeping your rural health networks plausibly viable.