By refusing to expand Medicaid in Missouri under the Affordable Care Act, GOP state representatives have turned away $2-billion of federal money already paid for by state residents. Lawmakers argue that the state can’t afford it. However, the program is fully funded by federal money for the first 3 years, then Missouri would be responsible for just five percent after that, and just ten percent after ten years. Jeff Tindle Chief Executive Officer of Carroll County Memorial Hospital says expansion would ease the strain on rural hospitals.
Tindle says with more and more uninsured filling Emergency Rooms, keeping a hospital open is difficult.
By refusing to expand the service, Missouri is missing out on $2-billion dollars in federal money that is from Missouri taxpayers, but that money is now going to other states. Tindle says Missouri residents need to contact their state representative and force the issue to the house floor.
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