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The battle over Medicaid in Missouri

Medicaid expansion in Missouri was supposed to give thousands of Kansas City area residents access to critical health care. But the rollout is going so slowly, many are postponing medical care. At the same time, GOP lawmakers in Missouri are actively trying to defund the program — again.

When Missouri voters expanded eligibility for Medicaid to more low income adults, Jackson County was expected to see the largest enrollment in the state. But as KCUR’s Alex Smith reports, the state has been so slow to approve patients, some Kansas Citians say they've had to put off getting care.

Low enrollment numbers aren’t the only issue Missouri Medicaid is facing right now. Republican lawmakers are once again trying to remove funding for Medicaid expansion with a bill currently going through the state legislature. Sebastian Martinez Valdivia, the public health reporter at KBIA in Columbia, give us some background on Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and what could be next for the contentious program.

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