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Medicaid expansion would open coverage to 300,000 Missourians, Nixon says

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Hannibal on Monday, talking about his proposal to strengthen and expand Medicaid eligibility requirements.

Nixon talked about the plan at Hannibal Regional Hospital, touting that his proposal to expand Medicaid requirements would bring $5.7 billion in federal funding to Missouri, along with providing health coverage to 300,000 Missouri residents over three years.

He says his proposal would come at no cost to the state of Missouri.

"Across Missouri, non-partisan business groups, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, are supporting our effort to strengthen Medicaid. For these leaders, it's a business decision. They understand that bringing the dollars Missourians send to Washington back home to protect taxpayers, create jobs, and reward work, is good for our economy," Nixon said.

Nixon says under his proposed expansion, low-income Missouri residents who cannot afford health insurance and earn $32,500 a year for a family of four, or less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, would qualify for Medicaid under the expanded coverage.

Coming up on WGEM News at Six, hear from local administrators at Hannibal Regional Hospital on how they feel about the governor's proposal.

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