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Missouri House effort to defund Medicaid expansion a ‘work in progress'

Added 04-07-21 11:23:02am EST - “Despite pushback from some Republican senators and Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri House is plunging forward with its plan to essentially defund the Medicaid expansion voters approved in August.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Missouri House effort to defund Medicaid expansion a ‘work in progress’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Despite pushback from some Republican senators and Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri House is plunging forward with its plan to essentially defund the Medicaid expansion voters approved in August.

The House Budget Committee on March 25 in a partisan 20-9 vote shot down House Bill 20, which sought to allocate $130 million in general revenue to secure $1.9 billion in federal funding to pay for Medicaid expansion for about 275,000 Missourians approved under Amendment 2.

HB 20 was filed by House Budget chair Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, to segregate Medicaid expansion appropriations from other Medicaid spending bills and require it be to separately approved.

HB 20’s defeat means there was no money set aside for Medicaid expansion in the $34.6 billion budget the House sent to the Senate after approving 13 appropriation measures and a supplemental budget bill on April 1

The House proposed Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget is $2.2 billion below Gov. Mike Parson’s January FY22 budget request primarily because it does not include the $1.9 billion for Medicaid expansion.

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