Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:05 AM by Jessi Turnure
Updated: Mar 6, 2013 4:48 AM
JEFFERSON CITY - A Kansas City-based organization will meet with lawmakers at the state Capitol Wednesday to raise awareness for issues and key legislation impacting homelessness.
The organization, reStart, will specifically advocate for Medicaid expansion.
The group expects about 45 homeless individuals, restart management and staff, and volunteers to present direct accounts from homeless Missourians to demonstrate the need for Medicaid expansion.
reStart believes expansion would solve various homelessness issues. One benefit would be giving homeless individuals the opportunity establish a relationship with a primary care provider to receive continuous care.
According to the State of Homelessness in Missouri 20-11 report, the number of reported homeless people in the state increased by nearly 900 from 2009 to 20-10. There are currently about 8-thousand homeless Missourians.
The reStart group plans to meet with lawmakers all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.