- 30,000 veterans in Missouri do not have health insurance. In addition, 22,000 family members of veterans do not have health insurance.
- Uninsured veterans suffer from significant health problems. One-third of uninsured veterans have at least one chronic health condition, 15.3 percent are in fair or poor health, and 15.9 percent are limited because of physical, mental, or emotional problems.
- Uninsured veterans and their families struggle to get the health care they need. Over 40 percent of uninsured veterans have unmet medical needs, and 33.7 percent have delayed care due to cost. More than half of veterans? family members also have unmet medical needs, and 44.1 percent have delayed care due to cost.
- Nationally, nearly half of uninsured veterans and over 35.5 percent of their family members have incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level (?FPL?). Based upon these national numbers Missouri would have over 14,500 veterans and 7,800 veterans? family members who would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if the State expanded Medicaid.
- Many veterans of the National Guard and reserves are not eligible for health benefits through the Veteran?s Administration, but would be eligible for Medicaid if Missouri chooses to expand the program. Even Veterans who are eligible for VA health services would benefit from the Medicaid expansion. More than half of veterans eligible for VA services also have incomes below 133 percent FPL and would likely qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid could be used to supplement their VA coverage.
Medicaid Expansion Is Good for Missouri’s Veterans
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