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Missouri Voters Could Decide Whether to Let Legislature Fund Medicaid Expansion

FILE - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz delivers opening remarks during the start of the annual legislative session on Wednesday, Jan, 5, 2022, in Jefferson City, Mo. The Missouri Senate remained divided over a congressional redistricting plan Tuesday, Feb. 8 as a filibuster from conservatives pushing for an aggressively Republican map carried on through a second day and Democrats raised concerns that they were being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)

(Missourinet) Missouri voters could be asked in November to let the Legislature decide whether to fund Medicaid expansion. The Missouri House has given initial approval to the proposed ballot measure. Last year, the Legislature attempted to defund the expansion population, but the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against that move. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith says the proposal would allow the Legislature to better manage Medicaid spending…

Representative Patty Lewis, a Democrat from Kansas City, says the effort turns our backs on voters, who approved Medicaid expansion in 2020. One more House vote in favor of the proposal would send the measure to the Senate.

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