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Judge Rules Missouri's Expanded Medicaid Enrollment Must Begin Immediately

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Nat Thomas
St. Louis Public Radio
The judge's decision comes after state officials sought a two month delay before expanding Medicaid access.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last month that the state had to move forward with voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

State officials had requested a two-month delay in enrollment to take time to set up the program. Ultimately though, a ruling by Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem on Tuesday struck down that possibility.

The judge ruled that Missouri can no longer deny Medicaid to eligible patients under the new expansion, opening up enrollment immediately. We take a look at what led to this ruling and what it means for the 275,000 low-income Missourians who are now eligible for healthcare coverage.

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