The United States spends more per person on health care than any other major country in the world, yet the United States ranks 37th in health outcomes. Our system is keeping working people sick and wealthy insurance investors rich. Even with insurance coverage, high premiums, deductibles and copays, and surprise non-covered services inhibit people from accessing care and taking medications they need.
My plan to #CareMO includes:
- Expanding Medicaid in Missouri
- Improving veterans healthcare and mental health services
- Prioritizing maternal healthcare to combat mortality rates
- Working with federal legislators to tackle the opioid epidemic
- Advocating for reproductive justice
- Supporting universal implementation of medical marijunana
Expansion of Medicare in Missouri would grant almost 250,000 working people the access to the healthcare coverage they and their families desperately need. Right now, these folx, who do not have access to employer-based healthcare, fall within the 'coverage gap' - they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but they don't make enough to qualify for the plans available in the health insurance marketplace. By not expanding Medicaid and taking back the tax dollars that we already pay to the federal government, our legislature is punishing working Missourians.
If we expand Medicaid, the federal government pays 90% of the costs to close that coverage gap. It will bring our tax dollars back to work for us. The additional coverage will benefit rural hospitals and clinics - many of which are at risk of closure, or unfortunately have already closed, leaving thousands of rural Missourians with incredibly limited access to care.
Closing this gap will also save money in other areas. More coverage means more opportunity for preventative care and saving more lives. It means that people can afford diagnostics and prescriptions. It means less people using the emergency room as their source of care.
The outdated Medicaid system in Missouri is failing our people. Over 100,000 children were removed from their Child Health Insurance Plans (CHIP) over the last year. Families are being dropped from Medicaid due to infrastructure issues like poor information technology and late 'snail mail' notifications, despite being eligible.
We can't afford NOT to expand Medicaid in Missouri. Our lives depend on it.
Learn more here:
Improving Veterans Healthcare
Mental Health Services
Tackling the Opioid Crisis
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