In the Show Me State, the Missouri Hospital Association has joined forces with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to break the political gridlock over Medicaid expansion.
"What's certain is that Missouri will need a state-specific solution," David Dillon, vice president of media relations at the MHA, said in an email last week. "We have at least two 'Medicaid reform and transformation' bills in the legislature that could provide a path forward. The question is whether lawmakers will keep the bills moving and provide an appropriation for the program if common ground can be found."
Alex Feldvebel, NH deputy insurance commissioner, says there are compelling reasons for other states to follow the Granite State's lead. "We can't speak for other states, but we know that in New Hampshire, Medicaid expansion will address the coverage chasm for those people below 133 percent of the federal poverty level."
He cites "many benefits" to Medicaid expansion: