Month: May 2014

Missouri Legislature Adjourns, Fails to Expand Medicaid

Missouri Legislature Adjourns, Fails to Expand Medicaid

May 16, 2014: The Missouri Legislature has adjourned for the year without expanding Medicaid.

This failure by our elected leaders is truly shameful. Missouri will now miss out on another year of federal funding. 300,000 hard-working, uninsured Missourians will spend another year without health coverage. Many rural hospitals will remain at risk of laying off jobs or even closing. Most heartbreaking are the 700 Missourians who will die this year because they could not access health care.

Click here to read our press release: RELEASE Grassroots advocates express outrage, heartbreak, resolve as Missouri legislators fail to expand Medicaid Statewide

Make sure our legislators get the message – Missouri needs Medicaid Expansion. We will not give up the fight until it is passed.

Click here to send a message to your legislators.

Despite our disappointment and frustration, one thing is clear: Grassroots efforts from supporters across the state made a difference this year:

  • Our movement’s lobby days, letters, phone calls and local actions moved many legislators from “no” to “maybe” or “yes.”
  • For the first time, Medicaid Expansion passed out of a House committee and the issue was debated briefly on the Senate floor.
  • Many legislators have moved from being completely unwilling to talk about Medicaid Expansion to being open and in favor of reforms with expansion.
  • Our story collection efforts helped put a human face on the numbers.
  • Republican legislators tell us that the “drumbeat” of grassroots support is helping to move other Republicans.

We’ll keep working until Medicaid Expansion is passed in Missouri. Please take action now.

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Health Stories

Health Stories

Cut away the politics and health care is about real people’s lives. Missouri Health Care for All collects stories from real Missourians who are affected by the health policy issues facing our state.

Find more of our health stories here on our main health stories page.


2015 Story Collection:

During the 2015 Missouri Legislative Session, we compiled the stories of real Missourians to share with our legislators in Jefferson City.

We shared the story of LaDonna and Tom. Their Marketplace plan has saved them from financial disaster.  LaDonna was diagnosed with breast cancer and Tom had surgery on his hand shortly after the new policy went into effect. “To say that the Marketplace was a lifesaver for us would be an understatement.”

We also shared the story of Arielle, who survived the devastating Joplin tornado. Arielle is working part-time, going to school full-time, while care for her two young sons – one who has severe disabilities and autism. Medical coverage through Medicaid Expansion would give Arielle security and peace of mind as she works hard for a good education to provide for her family.

Click here to read a collection of Marketplace Success Stories: Missouri Marketplace Success Story Book January 2015

Click here to read a collection of personal stories from Missourians stuck in the Coverage Gap: Coverage Gap Stories Book January 2015


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Amazing: 152,335 Missourians Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

Amazing: 152,335 Missourians Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

This is amazing: We already knew that more than 8 million Americans had signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Today we’ve learned that number includes 152,335 Missourians who enrolled in new plans through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace during this year’s open enrollment period.

Share the news with your legislators now.

What this means: It means 152,335 Missourians can breathe a little easier. It means thousands can worry a little less about a medical catastrophe wiping out their savings. And it means thousands now have access to preventive care, lab services & prescriptions, many for the first time in years.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is working for Missouri.

However, the Missouri Legislature isn’t working for the 300,000 Missourians left in the coverage gap.

Because the Missouri Legislature has not yet expanded Medicaid, 300,000 of our hard-working neighbors are still forgoing important medical care. Without Medicaid Expansion, 700 Missourians will die – every year.

With today’s good news, it’s clear that it’s time for our legislators to put politics aside and pass Medicaid Expansion.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to tell your legislators that health reform is working and they need to pass Medicaid Expansion now.

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