A great opportunity awaits the state — Missouri can offset pending cuts to the health care sector, create jobs, strengthen the local and state economies, keep employers’ health care costs under control and improve the health of the workforce. How can all this be accomplished? This will happen if Missouri chooses to expand Medicaid.
In 2014, more than 24,000 jobs could be created if Missouri participates in the Medicaid expansion plan included in the Affordable Care Act. New research from the University of Missouri found that expansion could add $9.6 billion to the state’s economy in value-added output in 2014 — increasing gross state product by more than one-half percent.
Not expanding Medicaid could cost Missouri more than 9,000 jobs, $1.9 billion in reduced capital investment or $1.1 billion in cost shift to the insured. The gloomy forecast is based on cuts included in the Affordable Care Act and Budget Control Act of 2011, which when combined, reduce hospital reimbursement by $4 billion between 2013 and 2019.
If you believe Missouri should support 24,000 new jobs that will benefit our state and communities, sign this petition http://www.missourihealthmatters.com/articles/medicaid-expansion-creates-jobs-grows-missouris-economy/#petition to pledge your support.
Email Your State Lawmakers to help them understand why you believe it is important for them to support Medicaid expansion.
Send an email from this site to your state senator and representative, telling them why Medicaid reform is important to Missouri.