Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement on strengthening Medicaid at the mid-point of the 2013 legislative session.
"I am encouraged that members of the House and Senate are looking at this issue and share my interest in reform, because that is what strengthening Medicaid will do. Bringing these dollars back to Missouri will give us an opportunity to reduce premiums, reward hard work, promote personal responsibility and make sure emergency rooms are for real emergencies. Strengthening Medicaid will also help people with severe mental illness get the care they need, before they become a threat to themselves or others. I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to make our health system as efficient and effective as possible by bringing the tax dollars Missourians send to Washington back to work here in Missouri."