Faith leaders pray during a gathering in Quinn Chapel AME Church. They gathered together to strategize about ways to take action for greater economic dignity in Missouri.
Credit Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com
Clergy and community leaders join hands in prayer and song on March 7, 2014, at a gathering in Quinn Chapel AME Church in Jefferson City. Representatives from faith-based advocacy groups came together to find ways to make change in Missouri.
Faith-based advocacy groups are uniting with hopes of making change in Missouri on behalf of the state's most vulnerable and marginalized population.
Representatives from groups around the state met Friday (March 7) in Quinn Chapel AME Church in Jefferson City to share the action they’re taking in their communities, and develop strategies on how to work together.
On their agenda: pushing for early voting. Improving public education. Expanding Medicaid.
At his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon renewed his push to expand Medicaid, the health insurance program for the low-income population, in Missouri. He was careful, though, not to mention the “e” word itself. Instead, the governor called lawmakers to work on reforming the program.
“I look forward to working with all of you to bring affordable health coverage to working families in Missouri, and reform Medicaid the Missouri way,” said Nixon.
Gov. Jay Nixon is closing out the year by asking state legislators once again to pass a bill expanding Missouri’s Medicaid coverage for lower-income residents.
The democratic governor emphasized that two billion of Missourian’s tax dollars will start flowing to neighboring states that accepted federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs. Nixon says he is still open to meeting with state legislators to hash out concrete specifics of the health care program expansion, which would cover nearly 300,000 more uninsured Missourians.