Missouri Medicaid expansion campaign tops 50% signature collection mark on path toward ballot approval

The campaign to give Missouri voters the choice to approve Medicaid expansion has cleared another significant threshold.

Healthcare for Missouri announced today that the campaign has already collected more than half of the voter signatures needed to help provide health coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured adults in the state. The expansion would bring more than $1 billion of our tax dollars home from Washington each year, create thousand of jobs, boost the state’s economy and keep struggling rural hospitals open.

“This campaign continues to unify Missourians of all political persuasions and from all corners of the state behind a measure of basic fairness,” said A.J. Bockelman, Healthcare for Missouri campaign manager. “From doctors knocking on doors to collect voter signatures to business owners and faith groups lining up to pledge their support, the energy and momentum behind this movement remain incredible.”

“Every day, the canvassing teams report back stories of Missourians who believe expanding Medicaid would have made a difference in their life or the lives of loved ones.”

Thirty-six other states have moved to expand Medicaid in recent years, including neighboring Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska.

In Kansas, the state’s Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature last week announced a tentative deal to expand that state’s Medicaid program. A 2020 Medicaid expansion ballot initiative is also on track in Oklahoma, where volunteers collected a record number of signatures.

Also this week, Healthcare for Missouri filed its final-quarter 2019 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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Paid for by Missourians for Healthcare; Joe Pierle, treasurer