JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Social Services withdrew its plan to expand Medicare and Medicaid.
It comes less than a year after Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing more people in the state to qualify for the aid.
The expansion came with an estimated cost of nearly $2 billion, and Governor Parson said he included the suggested funds in his annual budget proposal. Lawmakers said there was no way to fund it and approved the annual budget without money for the expansion.
“The majority of Missouri voters supported it, and we included funds for the expansion in our budget proposal,” Governor Mike Parson said. “However, without a revenue source or funding authority from the General Assembly, we are unable to proceed with the expansion at this time.”
Since there wasn’t a plan to fund the ballot initiative and Missouri lawmakers declined to find a way to fund it, the state doesn’t have the authority to move ahead with expanding Medicaid at this time, according to a news release from Parson’s office.