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Missouri voters to decide on health care for more adults

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FILE – In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s’ ballot. Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and is up for election this year, in May moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday’s primary. (Alex Brandon, File/Associated Press) COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults after years of resistance from Republican lawmakers.

The vote on health care, as well as primaries for statewide offices and congressional seats, comes as coronavirus cases are increasing in the state, which could impact voter turnout.

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past decade, which prompted supporters to turn to the initiative process.

Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Utah have all expanded Medicaid through ballot questions following inaction by state lawmakers, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Oklahoma became the 37th state […]

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