Nixon Renews Calls for Medicaid Expansion

6 years 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, January 21 2014 Jan 21, 2014 Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:44:00 PM CST January 21, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to expand the Medicaid health program to cover about 300,000 more Missourians.

Nixon released a spending plan Tuesday for the upcoming budget year that includes $1.7 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid. The expansion would take effect in October.

Nixon estimates it would bolster state funds by $94 million.

The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Legislature, which last year rejected Nixon's call to expand Medicaid. Republicans said the program should be changed before more people are declared eligible.

 

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