The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 13, 2013

Nixon says Medicaid expansion will be “good business decision”

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon picked a business setting on Wednesday to argue that Medicaid expansion will be good “business decision” for the state.

With officials of Joplin area hospitals and health providers standing behind him, Nixon told a Joplin crowd that rejecting the Medicaid expansion available under the Affordable Health Care Act will send tax dollars collected in Missouri to other states where the coverage has been expanded.

“The question is narrow: Will we bring back those federal tax dollars to help the state or not? If we don’t, other states will get the help and we’ll pay the bill,” the governor said in a presentation held at the Robert W. Plaster School of Business at Missouri Southern State University.

If approved, the proposed expansion would add 300,000 Missouri residents to Medicaid rolls, with the federal government paying all the costs for the first three years.

Nixon said the expansion would improve the state’s economy, pointing out the plan has been has been endorsed by chambers of commerce and business groups across the state.