Over 200,000 Missourians will get covered with Medicaid expansion

American Medical Association

An estimated 230,000 state residents—about 40% of those now uninsured in Missouri—will become eligible for Medicaid when enrollment begins next year. Missouri had an uninsured rate of 9.4% in 2018, which tied it with Utah for the 17th-highest rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Medicaid rolls are expected to grow as the nation’s unemployment rate remains high during the COVID-19 pandemic and people are at risk of losing their employer-based health insurance. Missouri’s Medicaid enrollment has already grown 8.8% from 848,048 in February to 923,048 at the end of June, according to the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families.

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