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May 14, 2021Jefferson City, MO |  By: AP

Parson drops Medicaid expansion

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for a measure approved by voters.

The governor said Thursday that his administration has withdrawn an expansion plan that had been submitted to federal officials. Parson said he cannot proceed with it because the 35 billion dollar budget approved by the Legislature did not approve his funding proposal for the expansion.

The decision is likely to trigger a lawsuit from supporters of Medicaid expansion. Voters last August approved a ballot measure expanding eligibility to low-income adults.