ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Council passed a resolution Tuesday night calling for full Medicaid expansion to cover low-wage workers.
The expansion would cover 260,000 workers who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which is approximately $26,000 a year for a family of three, and aims to make sure they have access to cost-effective healthcare services.
"Expanding Medicaid will create thousands of jobs and keep Missouri hospitals from financial distress," said councilmember Pat Dolan, who sponsored the bill. "Organizations diverse as the Missouri AFL-CIO and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce support Medicaid expansion. It is obvious that this is something that just makes sense for St. Louis County and the state of Missouri."
The resolution has support from Missouri Jobs with Justice, a coalition of groups which fights for economic justice.