State’s Catholic bishops seeking support for Medicaid expansion
Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops are encouraging voters to support a specific effort to expand eligibility for MO HealthNet, the state’s Medicaid program.-Catholic Missourian
Medicaid, funded by the federal and state governments, helps pay for healthcare for people with very low income.
“We support expanding (MO HealthNet) to cover low-income workers, since doing so will help lead to better health outcomes for them and enhance their ability to continue working to support themselves and their families,” the bishops said in a statement released Oct. 16.
Missouri currently restricts access to Medicaid to people earning up to 22 percent of the federal poverty level. That amounts to $5,665 per year for a family of four.
A group called Healthcare for Missouri (www.healthcareformissouri.org) is collecting signatures for an initiative petition (No. 2020-063) to place a constitutional amendment onto a statewide ballot next fall.