Missouri Jobs with Justice is continuing the push for Medicaid expansion this legislative session, organizing press conferences on Medicaid expansion in the St. Louis area and beyond. Missouri JwJ has been teaming up with other allies in the Missouri Medicaid Coalition to make sure leaders all over the state have the chance to talk about their local need for Medicaid expansion.
On April 23, in St. Louis County, our press conference featured Kimmy, in the Medicaid gap, Natashia, an Eligibility Specialist, and a tongue-in-cheek performance by Bessie the Cow. The press conference highlighted our legislators’ misguided priorities. The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill that would insure the profits from dairy farmers, but refuse to pass Medicaid expansion, which would give insurance to 300,000 working Missourians. Check out photos in the Facebook album here.
On Friday, April 24, clergy and nurses came out to show their support for Medicaid expansion in Jefferson County, where they were hosted by the Disability Resource Association, Inc. in Festus, MO. Nancy Pope, with the DRA, welcomed the group and talked about her clients they serve everyday who fall in the Medicaid Coverage Gap. Jefferson County nurses spoke on how they see the need for Medicaid expansion in doctor’s offices and hospital beds. St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board member Father Steve Robeson of St. John’s Catholic Church spoke of our moral obligation to give health care to all humans, because, simply, they’re “one of us.” Drew Noblot, organizer with Missouri Health Care for All, emceed the event. See photos for the event here.
On Wednesday, April 29, Missouri Jobs with Justice organized a press conference in Farmington, MO. About a dozen residents of Farmington and surrounding areas attended the event in support of Medicaid expansion. Drew Noblot, organizer with Missouri Health Care for All, introduced the speakers for the event.
Father Larry Colvin, of Farmington Christian Church, hosted the event on the steps of his church, across the street from Farmington City Hall. Father Colvin spoke in support of expanding Medicaid from his faith perspective, reminding us that scripture says we need compassion for all.
Gina Harper, Certified Application Counselor with the East Missouri Action Agency Inc, compared two stories of her clients. One makes just enough to qualify for subsidies, and has affordable health insurance through the ACA. Another makes just under that limit, and has to suffer through her conditions without proper medical treatments.
Al Sullivan has been the director of the St Francois County Community Partnership for 13 years. He works closely with organizations that serves people fall in the Medicaid gap. Sullivan expressed his frustration at our Legislature for refusing to expand Medicaid, despite our rural hospitals being forced to close and consolidate.