Galloway vows to grow Medicaid if elected governor

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said Thursday that she would support expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid if she’s elected governor.

Galloway, a Democrat, issued a statement praising a bipartisan plan to expand state health coverage in Kansas that’s being spearheaded by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican. Kelly’s deal with Denning means an expansion bill is all but certain to pass during the Kansas Legislature’s upcoming session.

Galloway said she would follow suit in advocating to grow Missouri’s health care program if she was elected governor here.

“When I’m Governor, Missouri will join nearly every one of our neighboring states and finally get this done,” Galloway said.

Missouri supporters are trying to put a Medicaid expansion proposal on the November ballot.

Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, has said he would support Medicaid expansion if it’s approved by voters.

Parson was elected lieutenant governor in 2016 but became governor on June 1, 2018, after incumbent Eric Greitens resigned. Parson is running for a full term as governor.

“If the people of the state of Missouri — that is their will and they vote to do that — that’s what I’m supposed to do, uphold the will of the people of this state, and that’s what I intend to do regardless of whether I agree with the issue or whether I don’t,” Parson said in November.

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