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JEFFERSON CITY - More than 200 protesters descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to voice their support for Medicaid expansion.

Clergy and faith based leaders led the protests. Clergy members said Medicaid expansion needs to be addressed.

The protests began in the rotunda at the Capitol before moving to the Senate gallery. The protesters then began chanting and singing songs, stopping action in the Senate for about 20 minutes.

The protesters were eventually removed from the chamber where they continued their protests in the rotunda.

When the Senate went to recess, the protesters were given the opportunity to leave. Twenty three people refused to do so and were arrested.

All 23 were released after the police checked to make sure none of the protesters had any active warrants.

Medicaid expansion is not expected to be passed by the Missouri legislature this session.