KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Supreme Court cleared the way for Medicaid expansion in the state – but what happens next?
The state’s Democrats say about 270,000 more people are expected to be enrolled in the system soon. But Republicans are still waiting to see what happens next.
Before next Friday, the state can file a motion for a hearing with the Missouri Supreme Court. That would likely be denied based on the fact that the court ruled unanimously in their decision.
In a few weeks, the Cole County Circuit Court will issue a new ruling looking at this decision from the Supreme Court. The Missouri Attorney General’s office could make new arguments but it is not currently commenting.
Missouri State Representative Richard Brown (City of D-Kansas) said the Medicaid expansion was significant to his entire political career.
“When you talk about healthcare, I know what it is like to be in a situation where they say you make too much money but you really don’t,” says Brown, reflecting on his wife and daughter They all passed away after a long period of problems. their health.
Voters who approved the Medicaid expansion last August bypassed the constitutional amendment with 53% of the vote.
Republicans, with Governor Mike Parson, chose not to fund the expansion and argue that the amendment does not reserve funding.
But the Missouri Supreme Court disagreed, in delivering their decision on Thursday, the justices wrote that as long as the board maintains discretion in funding “an initiative that simply costs money to make does not necessarily misappropriate funds”.
The governor’s office released a statement saying: “We are reviewing what options may be available to us to seek additional budgetary authority and also pursue regulatory clarity.”
Brown shares his frustration with how the Medicaid expansion has progressed.
“I keep asking myself ‘Why am I fighting to get Medicaid for the people in my state when their representatives they voted for aren’t even fighting for them?’ But I’m fighting for them so make sure they get the health care they want,” Brown said.
Brown also said he believes people can be enrolled in Medicaid.
“Going forward, the money is in and we’re going to put people on these Medicaid rolls,” Brown said.
The Missouri Supreme Court also wrote that the Medicaid budget limit does not distinguish between current and future Medicaid recipients.
For Democrats, that signaled that the funding issue might not need to be decided in a special session.
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