Missouri voters approve Medicaid expansion, making it 38th state to do so

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Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. —

Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning in July 2021, according to estimates from the state auditor.

"As Medicaid expansion is fully and expeditiously implemented so that Missourians are no longer forced to choose between putting food on the table and seeing a doctor, today's victory will be a true turning point in the history of the Show Me State," said A.J. Bockelman, the pro-Medicaid campaign manager.

The vote on health care, which was paired with Missouri's primary elections, came as confirmed coronavirus cases have been rising in the state and the economy continues to suffer.

"I believe the economy is going to bounce back strongly but not anytime soon," said 62-year-old Jim Roberts, an employee in the Clay County Prosecutor's office in Liberty who voted to expand Medicaid. "Jesus said 'The poor will be with you always,' but we still need to address the concerns of those who are less fortunate."

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