After voters passed the amendment in 2020, Governor Mike Parson refused to implement it after the GOP-led Legislature didn’t provide any funding. Three women, who were newly eligible for Medicaid, filed a lawsuit.
A month ago, a Cole County judge ruled, overturning the constitutional amendment passed by voters.
The case then went to the Missouri Supreme Court, which started hearing the case nine days ago. The plaintiffs’ attorney, Chuck Hatfield, told the Supreme Court that the actions by the state would essentially “overturn the election.”
But Solicitor General John Sauer had urged for the Supreme Court to let the Circuit Court’s ruling stand. He wanted to “preserve the Legislature’s traditional authority” over the budget.
Advocates for the expansion expressed relief over the ruling.
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