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Groups Representing Patients With Chronic Conditions Back Missouri Medicaid Expansion

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This week, 13 national organizations that represent patients with chronic medical conditions voiced their support for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

The groups, which include heavy hitters like the American Heart Association and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, are urging Missouri voters to support Amendment 2, which will be on the ballot in August. 

 

The organizations said the coronavirus pandemic is highlighting serious gaps in Medicaid coverage, as many people have lost jobs.  The organizations point to the closing of rural hospitals in Missouri and say Medicaid expansion could keep them open by cutting down on unpaid care. 

 

Expanding Medicaid in Missouri would mean people who make up to 138% of the federal poverty level would be eligible for government health care.  The Show-Me State is one of only 14 states that haven't yet expanded the program. Missouri voters will decide on the measure August 4.

 

The following organizations voiced their support of Amendment 2:.

 

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Kidney Fund

American Lung Association

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Hemophilia Federation of America

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Missouri

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.