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The Missouri General Assembly should take action this year to keep our tax dollars at home while helping working Missourians access health insurance.
This year, Missouri will forgo about $2 billion in federal funds that could be helping improve the health of our citizens. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines another year.
Missourians have already seen what the future holds for the state’s health care system if a plan is not adopted. Since last session, hospitals throughout the state have tightened their belts — eliminating service lines, delaying capital investments and reducing staff. Without action, this will continue — access to health care services will be lost and some hospitals could close.
Lawmakers must find a path forward. Inaction means we will pay the costs directly through our tax dollars supporting reform in other states and indirectly as the health of our communities and workforce continues its 20-year decline.
We need a plan that works for Missouri and working Missourians.
Bring our tax dollars home!
Since Jan. 1, Missourians’ tax dollars have been headed to other states at an alarming rate:
It’s too late to get the $2 billion in federal Medicaid funds available to Missouri in 2014.
Tell lawmakers to bring our tax dollars home in 2015 by reforming Medicaid.