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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:31 AM

Expanding Medicaid called a 'win-win' for jobs, tax revenue in Missouri

The battle has been joined in Missouri over Medicaid with publication of a new study that says expansion of the program would bring billions in benefits. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took a strong stand in favor of the measure Wednesday and Gov. Jay Nixon, as expected, has highlighted his support for Medicaid expansion as well.

Leaders in the health care community are also turning up the volume as the Affordable Care Act takes hold, putting pressure on legislators to act.

In Kansas City Thursday morning, the Star reported that Nixon announced that he plans to push lawmakers to expand the public health insurance program for the poor to include an estimated 300,000 uninsured Missourians.

Missouri Republicans, who hold super majorities in both legislative chambers, have steadfastly opposed the idea. But Nixon, a Democrat, said he’s come to the conclusion that the expansion is “the smart thing to do, and it is the right thing to do.”


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