Faith community urges Missouri legislature to expand Medicaid
JEFFERSON CITY- An interfaith group gathered in Jefferson City to publicly show their support for Medicaid expansion. The Missouri legislature did not pass the measure last session.
Senator Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said expansion is too expensive.
"We would like expand health care on a fiscally reasonable basis," Schaefer said.
According to Schaefer, if Missouri expanded Medicaid, other public services like education would suffer severe budget cuts, up to $250 million.
Rev. Molly Housch-Gordon is a Medicaid expansion supporter and said expansion is a human life issue.
"When we fail to expand Medicaid there are real life consequences," Housch-Gordon said. "There are people in our state who are dying without access to health care, who would have health care if we expanded Medicaid."
The 98th Missouri General Assembly will convene Wednesday.