Medicaid Expansion

Steve Fines / KSMU

Five years following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, roughly 300,000 Missourians still don’t have proper access to health care.

“In my current situation I do not qualify for Medicaid,” Loux said. “I don’t have any children in the home, I am a single female and I don’t qualify even with health issues.”

Springfield resident Shelly Loux for a time was homeless after losing her job due to health issues.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

As the debate to expand Medicaid in Missouri continues to make little progress, Gov. Jay Nixon says he’ll consider proposals to reform the system.

Speaking Wednesday at the Missouri Career Center in Springfield, Nixon outlined reforms based upon four principals, including a requirement that recipients must work.

As the state – and his reputation – seeks to move beyond Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is rekindling his longstanding pitch in favor of expanding Medicaid.

And Nixon may be seeking to subtly link the expansion with Ferguson’s headline-grabbing racial and economic unrest, by emphasizing what the state has been giving up in federal money – and what he said has resulted in less help to those who need it.

Missouri Broadcasters Association

KSMU's Jennifer Davidson received first place honors in the medium radio market division for her news series on Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

She received the award at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Annual Convention and Awards Banquet held June 7 in Branson.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made himself available to reporters today to address questions on his proposed Medicaid expansion, a measure he’s been pushing since late last year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey spoke with the Governor by phone and has this report.