After a Long Battle, the Fight for Medicaid Expansion in Missouri Comes to an End | Politics
After the success of the 2020 poll initiative, Republicans took a final stand against funding the expansion. Led by Smith, they said the referendum did not specify how the expansion would be funded, a violation of the Constitution.
In successive votes in the House, the majority chamber of the GOP voted for a state budget without the extra money.
From there it was in court.
The lawsuit filed by Missouri residents Autumn Stultz, Melinda Hille and Stephanie Doyle asked the court to make it clear that they could purchase benefits as of July 1, regardless of whether there is funding for expansion.
Doyle, of St. Louis, is a single mother of three who earns $ 12 an hour working full time. The lawsuit says she has severe eczema and needs two drugs for the disease “but cannot afford them without medical coverage.”
Hille, of Fenton, is unable to work due to health problems and earns less than 100% of the federal poverty line, according to the lawsuit.
She suffers from type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, pernicious anemia and precancerous colon growth, according to the lawsuit.
The third plaintiff, Autumn Stultz, of Springfield, is a single mother working full time at a minimum wage job, according to the lawsuit.