Medicaid Expansion

Protesters at Medicaid expansion rally

Attorneys argue Missouri is violating federal law, courts on Medicaid expansion delays

BY: - August 26, 2021

Attorneys who successfully sued to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion argued in a letter to state officials Thursday that delays in implementation not only violate the court order but also federal law. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Chuck Hatfield and Lowell Pearson, joined with Joel Ferber, director of advocacy for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, […]

Missouri Medicaid director slated to return as state prepares expansion implementation

BY: - August 19, 2021

After a months-long leave of absence, the director of Missouri’s Medicaid program is expected to return to his position next month as his division gears up to handle an anticipated influx of applications under voter-approved Medicaid expansion. At a Thursday meeting of the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee, Kirk Mathews, the interim director of Missouri’s Medicaid […]

Missouri to accept Medicaid expansion applications. Full approval likely weeks away

BY: - August 11, 2021

Missourians who qualify for benefits under Medicaid expansion can begin enrolling, but it may take up to two months until they will find out if their eligibility has been verified and their application has been approved. In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced that in response to a Cole County judge’s ruling, the […]

Protesters at Medicaid expansion rally

Lawmakers say special session likely unneeded to fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

BY: - August 11, 2021

Legislative leaders of both parties said Tuesday that a special session is likely not needed to appropriate additional funds following a court order to begin covering Missourians who are eligible under voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, and Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis and ranking […]

Judge orders state to immediately allow Missourians to enroll in expanded Medicaid

BY: - August 10, 2021

The Missouri Department of Social Services must allow newly eligible residents that qualify for benefits under voter-approved Medicaid expansion to enroll and cannot impose greater restrictions on them, a Cole County judge ruled Tuesday. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem sided with the plaintiffs who urged him to allow Medicaid expansion to take effect […]

State asks judge to delay Missouri Medicaid expansion for two more months

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last month that the state must expand Medicaid as voters approved in 2020. Now it’s just a question of when. On Friday, attorneys representing plaintiffs who would have qualified for coverage urged Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem to effectuate what the state’s highest court ordered and prohibit the […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Capitol Perspectives: Medicaid’s financial history

BY: - July 23, 2021

There is a fascinating history to Missouri’s recent special session to fix the legislature’s failure to continue one of the state’s most important financial mechanisms that assures adequate funding for Medicaid health coverage. The mechanism goes back to 1990, when Missouri accepted voluntary contributions from the Missouri Hospital Association to provide higher Medicaid reimbursements for […]

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Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

BY: - July 22, 2021

Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In an unanimous opinion, the court overturned a trial court ruling that the amendment, passed in August 2020 was unconstitutional because it may increase the state’s cost for […]

Missouri House Democrats continue fight over Medicaid expansion brief

BY: - July 15, 2021

Missouri House Democrats are questioning the cost and authority for a friend-of-the-court brief filed on behalf of the full House in the Medicaid expansion appeal heard this week by the Missouri Supreme Court. In a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker Rob Vescovo, Minority Floor Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield and Assistant Minority Floor Leader […]

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

BY: - July 13, 2021

After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the constitutional […]

Medicaid expansion rally

‘Who do they work for’: On day Medicaid expansion would have started, Missourians protest

BY: and - July 1, 2021

Protesters had a special delivery for Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday, but they couldn’t reach him. On the day more than 275,000 Missourians would have been eligible to enroll in Medicaid if the voter-approved expansion had gone into effect, a dozen clergy members stood in the entrance to the Missouri Department of Transportation offices with […]

Judge strikes down Missouri Medicaid expansion as unconstitutional

BY: - June 23, 2021

The push to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri was dealt another blow on Wednesday, as a Cole County judge ruled the voter-approved initiative was unconstitutional because it didn’t include a way to pay for 275,000 new enrollees. Plaintiffs, which include three people who would have been eligible for Medicaid on July 1 if expansion were […]