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It’s hard to believe the election was just a few short weeks ago. Thankfully, one of the most exciting outcomes of the election is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is safe and will remain the law of the land. (!) However, we’re not out of the woods here in Missouri: our state legislature will play a critical role in deciding exactly who has access to coverage. Although the ACA authorizes a Medicaid expansion that will make health care accessible to thousands of working Missourians, we won't receive this additional coverage unless our elected officials work in a bipartisan manner to implement the full benefits of the law.
For many hospitals and clinics in our rural communities, Medicaid expansion is a matter of survival. Expansion of Medicaid will literally send billions of federal tax dollars to Missouri, ensuring rural hospitals and clinics remain open and accessible to their communities.
The expansion of Medicaid benefits will provide coverage for thousands of working Missourians who currently have no access to employer-sponsored health insurance, and cannot afford private insurance on their own. Coverage through Medicaid will give so many more Missourians access to the primary and preventive care that will keep them healthy and productive.
This is just the first step in making sure all Missourians have access to quality and affordable health care. Your voice is vital as this work moves forward throughout the upcoming months--we need you with us in this fight to make sure Missouri receives the full benefits of the ACA.