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Examiner
  • Expanding Medicaid is good for economy

  • I feel like I have been on a roller coaster the last few days. On Nov. 28, I felt like I was starting up the incline when I read that the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a Virginia company reported that Medicaid expansion would help Missouri’s economy.

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  • To the editor:
    I feel like I have been on a roller coaster the last few days. On Nov. 28, I felt like I was starting up the incline when I read that the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a Virginia company reported that Medicaid expansion would help Missouri’s economy. As I read that the expansion would reduce unemployment and add as many as 24,000 jobs in rural, as well as urban areas, I began to feel the forward movement.
    On Nov. 29, Governor Nixon added his support to Medicaid Expansion. My roller coaster car was careening toward the top of the hill! Hospital executives told us that they would no longer need to pass the costs of caring for the uninsured along to us when 220,000 people became eligible for the program.
    But on Nov. 30, the car began its speedy downward descent. My stomach had that awful sinking feeling when I read reports saying that our state legislative leaders would remain intractable and oppose the program. I had thought that if the hospitals and the Chamber of Commerce supported the expansion and that it would create new jobs, generating new revenues, our legislators would agree that Medicaid expansion would make Missouri stronger and healthier.
    Last week’s announcements confirm what many of us already knew: Expanding Medicaid is good for the uninsured, good for the insured and good for our economy. Our legislators need to do what’s right for our state and implement this expansion without delay.
     
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