Parsing Medicaid Expansion in Missouri


By: Tammy Worth

On Tuesday, voters in Missouri will decide if the state will become the 38th in the country to expand its Medicaid program. The expansion could cover more than 200,000 Missourians currently ineligible for the program, a majority of whom are working adults… Expansion states have seen a 50% reduction in infant mortality rates when compared to nonexpansion states, according to a report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families. This is particularly true among black infants, a higher risk group where expanding Medicaid appears to also reduce preterm birth and low birth weight.

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