JEFFERSON CITY, Mo—A Missouri legislature has introduced a measure to expand Medicaid.

A release from Missouri’s 90th District State Representative, Deb Lavender’s office, indicates as part of a comprehensive plan for the Show-Me state, this new law would expand coverage, allowing access to affordable health care to approximately 300,000

90th District Rep. Deb Lavender

90th District Rep. Deb Lavender

Missourians who fall into a coverage gap. Indicators signal the measure would also create around 24,000 jobs.

This past fall season, Lavender served on a Medicaid task force. Lavender said she knows Missouri’s Medicaid system works well for the hardworking people who don’t have health insurance.

“Medicaid in Missouri is flipping the way we care for people by keeping people well instead of taking care of them after they get sick.” Lavender explained, “Focusing on preventative care keeps costs down and employees in the workplace where continue to contribute to our economy.”

Considering the direct and immediate benefits of Medicaid expansion, Communications Director at the Missouri Budget Project, Tracey Gleason, said would save Missouri at least $100 million in state funds after implementation.

“Like other states, Missouri would see these savings as a result of people moving from existing state-funded services into Medicaid,” noted Gleason, “Which would be 90 percent federally funded.”