News Coverage

Chamber of Commerce Leaders: Expanding Medicaid is good business

In the Springfield News-Leader, April 12, 2014

One in five jobs in Missouri is linked to health care. Hospitals and clinics are among the largest job providers in most communities and a vital part of our state’s economy.

The industry is so robust that you may not have noticed that it has eliminated nearly 1,000 positions in the last six months and is implementing a hiring freeze on another 2,145 positions.

Columbia Tribune Letter to the Editor: Medicaid issue shows politicians' ignorance

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Editor, the Tribune: The recent Opinion page exchanges between a local politician and a couple of local doctors on the subject of expanding Medicaid highlight the need to review basic economic and social theory — and to note that there can be no useful debate on the subject as long as the opposition argument to expansion is entrenched in tea party apocrypha and social constructs aimed at belittling the poor.

Missourians in the Medicaid Gap Share Their Stories: Video and Written Testimony

Jamie Kanan

Testimony presented to the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability

March 25, 2014

Hi, my name is Jamie Kanan, and I live in Potosi, Missouri, in Washington County. I am a divorced mother of five children, ranging in age from 5 to 10. I’m a survivor of domestic violence. My children and I stayed in a homeless shelter in Phelps County in order to escape my ex-husband, who was incarcerated before being recently released.

Medicaid expansion supporters optimistic despite recent rejections

March 26, 2014 By

Supporters of Medicaid Expansion aren’t giving up, even as the majority Republican party continues to assert its position against expanded eligibility.

The House on Tuesday twice rejected amendments to its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that would have included federal money for expansion. The day before, five Senate Republicans said they would block any attempt at expansion that would reach floor debate in their chamber.