The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 8, 2013

Your View: Improving Southwest Missouri’s economy

JOPLIN, Mo. — Medicaid expansion will not only provide health care for uninsured adults in Southwest Missouri, but it will also be an extraordinary job creator in our corner of the state.

The recent study “The Economic Impacts of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri” (University of Missouri School of Medicine, November 2012) explains what will happen in the “Southwest Workforce Investment Area,” which consists of Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Dade, Lawrence and Barry counties. The study forecasts economic impacts for the years 2014-2020.

In these seven counties, more than 20,000 uninsured residents, ages 19-64, with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, would become eligible for health care in January 2014 if the Legislature approves Medicaid expansion. Those who enroll will have preventive care, early diagnosis and intervention in illnesses, mental health care and continuing medical attention.

This expansion of medical services, along with related economic activities, will create a need for more workers, most of them well paid. Starting next year and just in our seven counties alone, there will be an estimated 1,769 new jobs! Unemployment, which was 7,641 in 2011, will be reduced by 23 percent. Payroll for the new jobs is projected to be as high as $69 million per year.

The new employees will be buying groceries in their local communities, spending money at restaurants and at retailers, and shopping for cars. The annual impact on the local economy will be substantial. State and local tax revenues will be boosted through sales and income taxes.

In the years 2014-2020, there will be more than enough revenue statewide to cover Missouri’s contribution to the cost of Medicaid expansion, a contribution that will never be more than 10 percent of the expense of providing care. For details, see the University of Missouri study, which is easily accessible online.

It would be financial foolishness not to want all these new jobs and not to accept such a huge injection of money into the economy of our seven counties, while at the same time insuring many of our residents who do not have regular health care. A healthier population benefits everyone.

With your help, this can happen. Tell your legislators this is surely the way to go.

Irene Marshall


Text Only
  • Our View.jpg Our view: Street smarts

    If your daily commute has been shortened because you no longer have to wait at 26th Street and Connecticut Avenue for a train to pass, thank your own tax dollars.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: No time to turn away

    With the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine and fighting that has now escalated to a ground war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it would be easy for most U.S. citizens to throw up their hands and turn their backs.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Amendment 5 is deception of the highest order

    Amendment 5, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, “relating to the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms” provides that “any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

    July 21, 2014

  • Our View: Vote no on Amendment 1

    Proponents of Amendment 1 — the Right to Farm Act — have not made their case. We’ve met with advocates of this amendment to the Missouri constitution and listened to their arguments, but we don’t believe they have adequately answered the central question: Who is it protecting, and from what?

    July 13, 2014

  • Your View: Power to defend

    The Globe’s editorial ‘More guns not the answer’ (July 15) was saturated with classic progressive blather.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: Thanks for the generosity

    Generally, all we hear about is the bad news, and obviously, there is plenty available. Our church felt this event worthy of public knowledge.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: How to upgrade your business

    Let’s see now. When some folks wish to improve the exterior of their properties and have other taxpayers pay for the improvements, they create a community improvement district.

    July 21, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Decision fails test

    With the announcement that the State Board of Education has decided not to release individual school test results because of cyberattacks and other problems this spring, educators are scratching their heads, as are taxpayers who footed the bill.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Our View: Welcome additions

    After Joplin voters failed to pass a curbside recycling proposal in the spring, the City Council said it would study alternate ways to make recycling easier for residents.

    July 18, 2014

  • Your Letters: Be careful what you wish for on Amendment 1

    The proposed Amendment 1 should have been called “Freedom to Farm Without Any Restrictions Whatsoever” because that is what it is. Do you really want a feedlot opening next door to you in Joplin? Or a hog-raising operation on your block in Carthage?

    July 17, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Do you think Missouri should pass legislation that would allow a prescription drug database to be kept?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success