In Just Two Months, Medicaid Expansion Campaign Has Already Collected 25% of Signatures Needed to Put Issue on the Ballot

Nov. 7, 2019

Healthcare for Missouri is off to a fast start after its September launch, announcing today that it has already collected a quarter of the signatures needed to put Medicaid expansion on the statewide ballot next year.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve seen since we launched this campaign. Republican, Democrat, Independent — it hasn’t mattered,” said A.J. Bockelman, campaign manager for Healthcare for Missouri. “Voters want to bring billions of their tax dollars home from Washington to get Missourians access to life-saving care and keep our rural hospitals open.

“We’re way ahead of where we expected to be at this point and that’s directly due to how many people want to sign this petition.”

With life-saving care for more than 200,000 Missourians at stake, the director of the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis is one of the volunteers collecting signatures for the measure. He and other physicians in St. Louis will be making house calls for Medicaid expansion today.

“I can’t tell you how many people we see with stage 4 cancer — an outcome that in many instances could have been avoided if their disease had just been caught earlier,” said Dr. Timothy Eberlein, director of the Siteman Cancer Center. “It’s wrong to force families to choose between going to see a doctor and putting food on the table — especially when we have a common-sense solution available to us that would actually save our state money.”

State savings resulting from Medicaid expansion — along with the more than one billion dollars that would be returned to the state every year from Washington — would pay for expanding access to health care. Medicaid expansion would also keep rural hospitals open across the state.