There will be a proposition on the ballot statewide on August 4, 2020. Amendment 2, which will greatly expand the eligibility to qualify for Medicaid. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) recommends a NO vote on the amendment for these reasons:
- Amendment 2 seeks to add to the Medicaid rolls persons between ages 19-64 who are childless and have household incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. This could very well cut the services for Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens who need access to critical health care services due to the increased number of individuals who would qualify for Medicaid in Missouri should the amendment pass.
- Amendment 2 would greatly increase the number of young adult women who would qualify for Medicaid payments for “morning after” pills. One federal Medicaid regulation provides for mandatory Medicaid payment of prescription drugs or devices “to prevent implantation of the fertilized ovum.” The federal Medicaid statute compels states to fund family planning services in their Medicaid plans for women of child-bearing age, including minors who “can be considered to be sexually active” and “desire such services and supplies.”
- The more Medicaid is expanded, the more taxpayers’ money is paid to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. There have been numerous federal court decisions that have declared a state may not exclude a provider simply based on the scope of the services it provides. Our own Missouri Supreme Court issued such a decision earlier in July.
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