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Closing the Coverage Gap is Still Like, a Big Freaking Deal

Missouri can’t afford NOT to expand Medicaid.

The legislative session may be new, but the facts about why Missouri needs to expand Medicaid are stronger than ever.

Missourians know what is at stake-- and, as such, earlier this week travelled from all across the state to the first Medicaid expansion lobby day of 2015. Advocates met with key legislators about closing the "Coverage Gap" and expanding Medicaid this session.

The “Coverage Gap” represents the 300,000 uninsured Missourians who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid under current eligibility criteria, yet too little money to qualify for subsidies to afford a health care plan on the marketplace or privately.

Expanding Medicaid closes the “Coverage Gap” because it would provide access to affordable healthcare insurance to Missourians up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Currently a family of three cannot make more than $292/month (roughly $10/day) to qualify for Medicaid. With Medicaid expansion, that same family of three can make up to $2,195/month (roughly $73/day) and qualify for affordable healthcare.

Missouri lives are on the line. Missouri jobs are on the line. Missouri hospitals are on the line.

Missourians can’t afford NOT to expand Medicaid.