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Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measure Ruled Unconstitutional

(Missourinet) A judge in mid-Missouri’s Cole County has ruled that Missouri’s August Medicaid expansion ballot measure is unconstitutional.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem says Amendment Two requires appropriation of revenues not created by the initiative. While 53 percent of Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion in August, the measure did not contain a funding mechanism, according to Beetem. In his six-page ruling, Judge Beetem says Amendment Two would create a class of 275-thousand new Medicaid recipients, and says the cost would be more than one billion dollars. The attorney for the three women suing Missouri, Chuck Hatfield, is appealing. He’s now asking the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the appeal.

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