Greater St. Louis, Inc. Update on Medicaid Expansion
Jason Hall, the CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., issued the following statement in response to the Missouri Senate’s decision not to fund Medicaid expansion in the FY 2022 budget.
For nearly a decade, the St. Louis business community has supported the expansion of Medicaid because of its ability to drive economic growth and job creation, create a more equitable community, and improve the health of our workforce.
In 2020, after years of inaction in the General Assembly, Missouri voters settled the debate on Medicaid expansion at the ballot box. Missourians spoke overwhelmingly and reached the same conclusion as 37 other states – Medicaid expansion is good for the health of our citizens, job growth, and the state’s economy. On behalf of the business community and the citizens of our metro, we are extremely disheartened by the actions of the Missouri General Assembly that failed to fund this voter-approved policy in the FY 2022 budget. By skirting their constitutional obligation, the General Assembly has set a dangerous precedent that may drive business and investment away from the state.
We are thankful for the bipartisan coalition of Senators who upheld the values of the Show-Me State and voted in favor of an amendment last night that would have included Medicaid expansion in the budget.
- Senator Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City)
- Senator Doug Beck (D-St. Louis)
- Senator Justin Brown (R-Rolla)
- Senator Mike Cierpiot (R-Lee’s Summit)
- Senator Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield)
- Senator Karla May (D-St. Louis)
- Senator Angela Mosley (D-St. Louis)
- Senator Greg Razor (D-Kansas City)
- Senator John Rizzo (D-Kansas City)
- Senator Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis)
- Senator Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia)
- Senator Jill Schupp (D-St. Louis)
- Senator Barbara Anne Washington (D-Kansas City)
- Senator Brian Williams (D-St. Louis)
The future of Medicaid expansion now lies with the state’s executive and judicial branches of government. We strongly believe that the state has an obligation to implement the will of Missouri voters. We thank Governor Parson for his support of Medicaid expansion, and we encourage his administration to take the necessary steps to begin implementation as planned. This is one of the most powerful job creation tools available to the state.
We will continue to keep the business community updated as new information becomes available. For additional background on the implementation of Medicaid expansion, follow the link here.
Thank you for your continued support.