38 states have expanded Medicaid as of Aug. 5, 2020. Missouri is proudly added! (click on image to enlarge)
The Kansas City Medical Society and the Kansas City Medical Society Foundation support Medicaid expansion in Kansas and Missouri.
Missouri: On July 22, the Missouri Supreme Court overruled a lower court ruling and unanimously upheld Medicaid expansion for the State of Missouri as approved by voters in August 2020. The ruling affirmed that “DSS has appropriation authority to provide services for all individuals eligible for MO HealthNet, including individuals eligible for coverage and services pursuant to” the amendment. Karole Bradford, CEO of the Kansas City Medical Society Foundation, stated: “We are thrilled that today’s ruling upholds the will of the voters to expand eligibility and help hundreds of thousands of our fellow Missourians access high-quality healthcare. Medicaid expansion will go a long way in providing increased access to services and reducing health disparities in our state.”
Kansas: The legislature has adjourned for 2021 with no action on Medicaid expansion. Strong opposition remains among the Republican leadership.
To help keep you informed about expansion, tune in to our Medicaid Expansion Update webinar series … the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Each month, we will take an in-depth look at aspects of expansion ranging from the economic impact to tips on being an effective advocate. See a list of webinars presented so far and links to recordings.
If you are not already on our Medicaid expansion supporter email list, you can enroll as a supporter and receive regular updates on the progress of advocacy in Kansas and implementation in Missouri.