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The results are in; time to expand

To the Editor:

Caution when it comes to the unknown is normal. Investing in something based on theory and promises can be scary. However, once it is proven to be a good decision and a wise investment, it is no longer unknown; it is no longer theory and promises. This is when those who were unsure should jump in and improve themselves.

The results are in on Medicaid expansion. Other states’ experiences have shown that expanding Medicaid was a good decision. States such as Arkansas and Kentucky have seen increased revenues, lower costs, and economic improvement as a result of Medicaid expansion.

We have seen the results. Without accepting federal dollars to support the 260,000 Missourians in the gap, the state loses on average $5 million dollars a day; providing health coverage would save Missouri approximately $1 billion by the year 2022 [www.missourihealthcareforall.org].

It is no longer scary or unknown, theory and promises. There is evidence that expanding Medicaid is a wise decision.

What makes it even better is that Missouri has not lost the chance for three years of 100 percent federal funding for the expansion if they act now.

The results are in; it is time to expand Medicaid in Missouri.

Lynley Closson

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