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Issue Brief
April 2015

A Tale of Two States: Decisions about Extending Medicaid Can Drastically Affect Residents’ Lives

When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not. 

We hear the personal stories of two women: One has health insurance and peace of mind, and the other has chronic pain. 

It’s not too late for Missouri to extend health coverage to its residents. Missouri lawmakers can vote to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid at any time.