Governor Mike Parson Addresses Medicaid Expansion and State’s Vaccine Status

Governor Mike Parson is addressing Medicaid and the state’s vaccine status.

Parson held a briefing at the state Capitol yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and when asked about Medicaid expansion in Missouri, he said it is too early to say how his office will respond after the House passed a budget proposal without enough funding to cover more people under the government health care program.

Parson said the bills still have to face the State Senate before it goes to his desk.

The governor also updated the status of COVID-19 cases and vaccinations in Missouri saying the state’s 7-day positivity rate remains steady around 4%, and hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since early August.

Nearly 66% of Missouri’s 65 and older population and 32% of the 18 and older population have received an initial vaccination.