February 18, 2014
To the editor: Why Missouri does not have Medicaid expansion:
If health, education and economic opportunity of our citizens were really important to Republican legislators they would vote for expanded Medicaid.
February 20, 2014
Sen. Kurt Schaefer is pretending that expanding Medicaid would mean taking money from Missouri schools. Either he doesn't understand the budget or he thinks Missourians don't.
Sen. Schaefer, your constituents have seen the data. We know it's a budget win to expand Medicaid. Don't offer us the same old rhetoric of your political party; voters in Mid-Missouri need you to do the right thing.
February 18, 2014
I want Medicaid expansion mainly because I care about my neighbors in Columbia. But I've looked at the budget analyses and studies, too, and all of them say the same thing — Medicaid expansion makes financial sense for Missouri.
Expansion will bring billions of federal dollars to Missouri. The federal government is going to pay 100 percent of the costs of expansion for three years and after that will pay 90 percent.
February 7, 2014
The Missouri General Assembly has an opportunity to save lives, and the lawmakers are just letting it slip away.
Recent studies have shown that as many as 700 Missourians will die each year if our legislators continue to block Medicaid expansion.
February 13, 2014
Hospitals are shutting down, jobs are being lost and money is being thrown into a bottomless pit by Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City.
The Feb. 2 article on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri and its affect on area hospitals (“Medicaid expansion: Hospitals feel pinch as Missouri, other states debate”) shows just how reckless and irresponsible our lawmakers have become.
Missouri must expand Medicaid now. I have told my elected officials this is something we must do. I am now asking all of my neighbors to do the same.
A new study came out recently from Harvard that says that one of the risks about not expanding Medicaid is that it means 21,000 Missourians who suffer from depression will not be able to get the help they need. My heart breaks to think of these people going without mental health care because I know about depression first hand.
A new report came out this week showing the human impact of our Legislature’s decision to not expand Medicaid. According to Samuel Dickman and other Harvard researchers writing in Health Affairs Blog, between 218 and 700 Missourians will die each year unless we act.
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January 29, 2014
Contact: Michelle Trupiano, 314-805-5429
For Immediate Release
Hundreds of Missourians Will Die if We Do Not Expand Medicaid
Missouri legislature needs to act now to save lives
A new report came out today showing the human impact of our state legislature’s decision to not expand Medicaid. According to Samuel Dickman and other Harvard researchers writing in Health Affairs Blog, as many as 700 Missourians will die each year unless we act.