MO Voters Pass Medicaid Expansion; Will Other States Follow?

Missouri voters on Aug. 4 approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage, reflecting a trend of ballot-driven expansion initiatives in recent years that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Missouri is the second conservative state to approve expansion during the pandemic; Oklahoma voters on June 30 narrowly approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid in that state.

The ballot measure requires Missouri to expand Medicaid to adults between the ages of 19 and 65 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) by next July, leaving 12 states — mostly led by Republicans — that have not adopted expansion under the Affordable Care Act (see infographic, p. 6).

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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