November 7, 2015
Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet) in 2014, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years, with federal payments gradually reducing down to 90 percent by 2020. This is a great deal for Missouri. The expansion would bring billions of federal dollars into Missouri’s economy. By expanding Medicaid Missouri would provide essential health coverage to uninsured veterans and their families who currently are uninsured and face difficulties obtaining the health care that they need.