Press release

Health Groups Applaud the Passage of Amendment 2, Improving Access to Quality and Affordable Healthcare

ST. LOUIS – (August 5, 2020) – Yesterday, Missourians voted "yes" on Amendment 2, providing 230,000 state residents with access to critical healthcare coverage through the state's Medicaid program.

Thirteen national organizations representing patients facing serious chronic medical conditions released the following statement regarding the results of yesterday's election.

"This is a tremendous day for access to healthcare in Missouri. Thirty-seven other states have already passed this critical policy, which will now provide affordable and accessible healthcare coverage to more than 230,000 people in our state.

"For people with heart or lung conditions, diabetes, undergoing cancer treatment, or living with other chronic diseases, Medicaid expansion will provide prevention, early detection and diagnostic services as well as disease management and treatment for their conditions, preventing costly emergency room visits.

"The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of healthcare access. Currently, Missouri has an unemployment rate of 7.9%. Many of these people lost their employer sponsored healthcare coverage and fall into what's called the Medicaid coverage gap, where their income is above Medicaid eligibility limits but too low to afford private healthcare coverage. Medicaid expansion will provide both opportunity and protection as they search for new employment options.

"Thanks to Missouri voters, thousands of people will now have access to quality and affordable healthcare coverage. Our organizations urge the Governor to start working immediately to implement this expansion."

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network American Diabetes Association American Heart Association American Kidney Fund American Lung Association Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Hemophilia Federation of America Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Alliance on Mental Illness, Missouri National Hemophilia Foundation National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Organization for Rare Disorders Susan G. Komen

About the American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit. AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions more at risk, with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through transplant. With programs that address early detection, disease management, financial assistance, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF. One of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits, AKF invests 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, earning the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 20 years in a row as well as the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, formerly GuideStar.

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