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Governor Nixon Calls on Missouri Legislature to Act on State Medicaid Expansion

Governor Nixon says if Missouri opts-in on Medicaid, it would be beneficial for everyone. Those in opposition to the expansion aren't so sure.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO.--- Governor Nixon says if Missouri opts-in on Medicaid, it would be beneficial for everyone, but those in opposition to the expansion aren't so sure. That could set up a showdown between Missouri's top leader and other lawmakers as legislators head back to Jefferson City. 

"As 2014 starts, really the rubber has hit the road. We're seeing that these are people who could be covered in Missouri, but they're not," said Scott Holste, Spokesperson for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. 

Though most of the money will initially come from the federal government, it's up to the state to decide whether or not they want to expand Medicaid. 

"There's not any one person that we don't want to take care of, because it is our responsibility to take care of people, but you have to look at what can we afford," said Representative Charlie Davis, Missouri District 162. 

State Representative Charlie Davis says that expansion comes with a high dollar price tag.

"When you look at this year's cost of that, it's going to be 2.8 billion dollars just in the State of Missouri per year. Out of that, 1.2 billion dollars will be borrowed from another country and that's what most people have a problem with," said Davis. 

The governor says we're already paying federal taxes for Medicaid, but not reaping any of the benefits.

"This means that Missourians tax money is going to pay for the coverage of health care in other states, and Missouri isn't getting anything out of that," said Holste. 

While the governor says it's time for the general assembly to act, State Representative Charlie Davis says it's unlikely the senate will back the governor on his call for expansion. Missouri lawmakers are scheduled to go back to session Wednesday.

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