The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit to force the state to implement Medicaid expansion. The following is a statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
Court Ruling Will Impact Access to Critical Health Coverage
Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Emily Kalmer
Jefferson City, MO - June 23, 2021 -“Today, the Cole County circuit court ruled against the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that would force the state to implement expanded eligibility for Medicaid. Cancer patients cannot wait for further legal battles to access the lifesaving coverage that Medicaid expansion provides. This year alone, 37,390 will hear the words “you have cancer” and 12,960 Missourians will pass away from cancer. None of them should suffer a day without the Medicaid healthcare coverage that a majority of Missourians voted into the Missouri Constitution.
“ACS CAN will continue to advocate on behalf of cancer patients to ensure that they are able to access the coverage guaranteed to them by our state’s constitution.”