Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. But every year Missouri families must make increasingly difficult decisions for how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living.
At the same time, the Republican-led House has left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas.
As your state representative, I’ll support common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keeping their healthcare.
There was a recent purge of 100,000 individuals on the Medicaid roster which involved outdated computer systems(Fortran) which did not cross reference the Food stamp, and Social Security lists. This meant those with automatic eligibility under federal law were improperly removed.
Because it requires an individual to be on Medicaid to receive targeted case management and other essential services, those with disabilities are left high and dry as they were prohibited from using the healthcare exchange to get private insurance.