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The best way our leaders can honor veterans? Expand Medicaid.

Happy Veterans Day!

Today, we honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. While many of us will attend parades and other events honoring veterans across the state, there is an additional way to thank thousands of Missouri veterans for their service - expand Medicaid.

5 Reasons Medicaid Expansion is Good for Missouri Veterans

  1. 30,000 veterans in Missouri do not have health insurance. Expanding Medicaid would provide essential health coverage to thousands of uninsured veterans and their families facing difficulties obtaining health care.
      
  2. 22,000 family members of veterans also do not have health insurance. More than half of veterans’ family members also have unmet medical needs, and 44.1 percent have delayed care due to cost.
      
  3. Uninsured veterans and their families struggle to get the health care they need.  Over 40 percent of uninsured veterans have unmet medical needs, and 33.7 percent have delayed care due to cost. One-third of uninsured veterans have at least one chronic health condition, 15.3 percent are in fair or poor health, and 15.9 percent are limited because of physical, mental, or emotional problems.
      
  4. Missouri would have over 14,500 veterans and 7,800 veterans’ family members who would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the State expanded Medicaid. Nationally, nearly half of uninsured veterans and 35.5 percent of their family members have incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (“FPL”). Based upon these national numbers, over 14,500 veterans and 7,800 veterans’ family members who would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the State expanded Medicaid.
      
  5. Many veterans of the National Guard and reserves are not eligible for health benefits through the Veteran’s Administration, but would be eligible for Medicaid if Missouri expanded the program. More than half of veterans eligible for VA services also have incomes below 138 percent FPL and would likely qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid could be used to supplement their VA coverage.

For more information on Medicaid expansion and how you can urge your representatives to support this important legislation next session, visit www.momedicaidcoalition.org.