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Missourians can begin requesting absentee ballots today to vote Yes on 2 to expand Medicaid

As of today, registered voters in Missouri can request absentee ballots to vote yes on Amendment 2 to bring home more than a billion of our tax dollars every year and expand Medicaid to Missourians who earn less than $18,000 annually.

Voters can request absentee ballots for the Aug. 4 election from their local election authority either in person, by mail, by fax or by e-mail.

“Expanding Medicaid in Missouri is the right thing to do, and Medicaid expansion will help those who need it, including frontline healthcare workers and those holding essential, low-wage jobs in childcare centers, grocery stores and delivery drivers,” said A. J. Bockelman, Yes on 2: Healthcare for Missouri campaign manager.

“Registered voters who vote absentee and choose Yes on Amendment 2 know that a yes vote will benefit our state’s health and its bottom line, protect frontline healthcare jobs and help keep rural hospitals open,” he added. “We encourage absentee voters to vote ‘Yes’ on Amendment 2 and expand access to high-quality and affordable healthcare.”

More than 250 organizations have endorsed Amendment 2 so far, including AARP, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for those age 50 and older; and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state’s leading business voice.

Economic analysts project that Medicaid expansion in the state will create more than 16,000 jobs annually in the program’s first five years, with nearly 80 percent of the job growth outside of the healthcare industry -- and most of the new jobs generated outside Missouri’s big cities.

On a yearly average, Missouri would see a $2.5 billion increase in economic output and a $1.6 billion boost in gross domestic product. Average personal income would grow by $1.1 billion annually - an extra $500 on average for each Missouri household.

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis determined that Medicaid expansion will save Missouri more than $1 billion annually by 2026 by bringing tax dollars back from Washington and reducing many of the healthcare costs the state of Missouri currently pays.

Missouri would join 36 other states that have expanded Medicaid, including neighboring Arkansas, where officials reported using savings from expansion to cut state income taxes and reduce payments previously allocated to the uninsured. In 2018, voters in Utah, Idaho and Nebraska all voted to expand Medicaid.

Yes on 2: Healthcare for Missouri is a grassroots, nonpartisan effort led by Missourians, including doctors, nurses, healthcare advocates, civic and business leaders and Missourians who need healthcare. For more information, visit YesOn2.org.