The announcement for the rally from Henry County Democrats:
Fund Missouri Medicaid Expansion Rally – Saturday, April 17 at 2 at the Courthouse Gazebo
Missouri voters approved Medicaid Expansion in the August 2020 primary. Although the federal government began providing funding to expand Medicaid in 2014, Missouri was one of 13 states that rejected this resource to protect the health of its citizens.
In 2020, the measure passed in Missouri by a margin of 53 to 47 and called for the state to submit and fund a Medicaid expansion state plan amendment by March 2021 and for the expansion to take effect July 2021. An estimated 230,000 Missourian under age 65 (before Medicare eligibility) were expected to be covered under this expansion amendment and now be available for affordable healthcare. Those are your family members, friends and neighbors whose income do not exceed 138% of the poverty level ($17,609 for a single person or $36,156 for a family of 4.) This petition-initiated effort was a great opportunity to ensure healthcare for all Missourians.
Almost all of the expense of Medicaid expansion will be paid by the Federal Government. Missouri could get $1.15 billion, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Now, the leaders in the Missouri House of Representatives are refusing to include money in the budget to pay Missouri’s part and we are, again, walking away from the federal money received by 37 other US states. Without that money, Medicaid will not be expanded. Lawmakers have just weeks left in their annual sessions and progress on expansion so far has proven difficult.
This non-partisan community rally is being held on Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at the Gazebo on the Henry County courthouse lawn. The purpose of this rally is to learn more about the value of Medicaid expansion in Missouri and express and support restoration of Governor Parson’s proposed expansion funding in the 2021 state budget.
Around 40 individuals attended the 2:00 p.m. rally on the square in Clinton.
Two speakers described the benefits of Medicaid expansion for the citizens of Missouri and emphasized the need to contact members of the General Assembly to tell them so and urge their approval of Missouri’s small percentage contribution in the state budget. Now.
Representative Rodger Reedy (r) attended the rally.
He didn’t say “No”.
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