Missouri Medicaid Coalition campaigns for change

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, February 21 2015 Feb 21, 2015 Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:13:00 PM CST February 21, 2015 in News
By: Hannah Shaw, KOMU 8 News

COLUMBIA - If you noticed groups of people walking around your neighborhood Saturday, there is a good chance they were campaigning for change.

Volunteers from the Missouri Medicaid Coalition spent Saturday afternoon passing out informative fliers in Columbia and Jefferson City.

Organizers say their goal is to get people as much information as possible on the issue of Medicaid expansion.

According to the Coalition, 300,000 Missourians fall in the coverage gap. Meaning they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to pay for insurance.

Some volunteers say they campaign because they issue hits close to home.

"I grew up without health care, and I know how important it is to be able to go see a doctor when you need to, and not have to self medicate or hope for the best, or wait until it gets so bad that you have to go to the ER," volunteer Suzy Day said.

According to the Coalition, an estimated 700 Missourians die each year because they do not have access to health care.

Day and others hope their campaigning will encourage the community to contact their legislature and push for change.

 

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