“We all know that we need to expand Medicaid. Everyone knows that,” said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat. “This will save many lives, and I am optimistic that the right thing will be done.”
Republican legislative leaders have taken recent actions that appear to hint toward movement on the issue in the coming months. They also have expressed optimism over the potential to reform the health care program for the poor, using the expansion as a launch pad.
House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, have each created a panel that will study Medicaid reform and draft legislation for the 2014 session.