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June 16, 2020Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri business group backs Medicaid expansion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - One of Missouri's most influential business groups is backing a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce announced support for expanding eligibility for the government health care program.

Missouri's Medicaid program currently doesn't cover most adults without children and has one of the nation's lowest income eligibility thresholds for parents.

The ballot proposal would expand coverage to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which is about $17,600 annually for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three.