COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon said in his State of the State speech that he wanted to "expand access to affordable health care, particularly for the 150,000 Missouri children who are uninsured today."
But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Nixon has resisted a proposal that could immediately cover Missouri's children. A federal law urges states to check for low-income families using state services but not currently enrolled in Medicaid. The data would allow states to automatically enroll children eligible for Medicaid.
But, as the Post-Dispatch reports, Nixon's office is concerned with the cost and is backing off the proposal; it's estimated 27,500 children would gain coverage and that it would cost nearly $33 million annually.
Nixon has made more cuts to the state's budget this year. In late October, he cut $204 million that included $32.45 million in Medicaid costs.
Despite the cost, do you think Nixon should go ahead with his plan and cover more children with health insurance?