LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion is the only option for Missouri

Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 5:12 p.m. CST

Medicaid expansion is the only choice for Missouri. As Missouri’s marketplace continues to positively impact the lives of many, roughly 238,427 could receive coverage and access to care through Medicaid expansion.

As Missouri knows all too well, there is an intersection between the high number of uninsured citizens and the rising costs of uncompensated care. Many of the regular visitors who frequent emergency rooms are doing so because they do not have a means to receive preventive care.

Medicaid expansion would provide this care for many of these individuals, such as treatment for depression and diabetes, as well as services such as mammograms and Pap smears.

Without Medicaid expansion, roughly 21,816 of our fellow Missourians won’t receive treatment for depression, women will be unable to receive 4,086 mammograms and 14,134 Pap smears, 12,947 of our friends and family members will go without adequate diabetic medications, and an estimated 218-700 unintended deaths will occur.

Medicaid expansion is Missouri’s only choice. Lives will be saved and hardworking Missourians will receive preventive, sometimes life-saving, procedures.

Jordyn Killion is an undergraduate student at MU.

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