LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion would help Missouri's citizens

Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:14 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 22, 2013

I am glad that I was able to be at the Missouri State Capitol Tuesday, April 16, to lobby and then attend the rally for Medicaid expansion in Missouri. There is so much need for increased jobs and to raise Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level, so those poor people/families can get insurance coverage and small community hospitals can stay open and provide vital care and stabilization to those who live far from larger cities. There is also a need to provide access to care for those with mental illness, and these are among just a few of advantages of getting our tax money that we Missourians have paid back into our state.