Rep. Davids statement on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

August 5, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Sharice Davids released the following statement on Missouri's vote to expand Medicaid:

“Yesterday, Missouri voters chose to join the 37 other states across the country that have expanded Medicaid, weeks after our neighbors in Oklahoma did the same. Yet here in Kansas, expansion remains stalled in the legislature because of partisan politics. 

From skyrocketing prescription drug prices to rising premiums, too many Kansans are struggling with the basic costs of healthcare and access to quality coverage, and that was even before we faced this unprecedented pandemic that has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Kansas deserves better. It's far past time to join the rest of our region and expand Medicaid to extend health care coverage to an estimated 150,000 people."

Davids has been a vocal advocate for Medicaid expansion since first running for Congress and has worked to support it at the federal level. She recently was able to secure provisions in the Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which passed the House in June, that would incentivize states like Kansas to expand Medicaid by resetting the amount that the federal government matches states’ investment for Medicaid expansion, starting at 100 percent.