Missouri Medicaid expansion to not happen this Fiscal Year

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Medicaid expansion won’t happen this Fiscal Year, according to the Governor’s Office.

On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the Department of Social Services is withdrawing the plans submitted for MO HealthNet expansion.

The reason for withdrawing MO HealthNet expansion was due to no funding from the General Assembly the Governor’s Office reports.

Missouri voters passed the Medicaid expansion as a provisional ballot on August 4, 2020.

The expansion would have cost around $1.9 billion, with less than $130 million coming from Missouri.

In a press release from Governor Mike Parson’s Office, it states the Missouri Constitution prohibits ballot initiatives that involve funding but don’t create a revenue source.

The General Assembly finished the state’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget without funding for MO HealthNet expansion.

Since the expansion was not self-funding and the General Assembly didn’t appropriate funds, the Missouri executive branch can’t pass the MO HealthNet expansion at this time.

Missouri House Minority leader Crystal Quade (D)-Springfield responded to the news of no MO HealthNet expansion saying “it will take a court order to do it.”

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