Missouri voters approved a ballot measure last August to expand the state program known as HealthNet to roughly 275,000 low-income residents—those earning less than 138% of the federal poverty level. The expansion was set to begin July 1.
In a Thursday statement reaffirming his opposition to expansion, Parson, a Republican, said he sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to withdraw the plan to expand HealthNet because the Republican-controlled legislature didn’t appropriate funding when it finalized the budget on May 7.
“Republicans dismissed the results of the ballot initiative,” reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “saying it did not include directions on how to pay for adding new recipients.”
Joan Alker, executive director the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, suggested in a tweet that Parson’s move was evidence of “the places [Republicans] will go to deny people health coverage,” including efforts to “thwart the will of the voters” and “turn down extra federal money on offer which means the state can actually make money for two years to cover its citizens.”
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