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Open Letter: St. Louis business community supports Medicaid expansion

  

Dear Missouri Legislators,

Greater St. Louis, Inc. and the undersigned respectfully urge you and your colleagues to fully implement Medicaid expansion in Missouri in Fiscal Year 2022. As business leaders, we believe that Medicaid expansion is one of the best economic investments Missouri can make this year.

As you know, Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 in 2020 to become the 38th state to expand Medicaid. Both Republican- and Democratic-led states have successfully implemented Medicaid expansion because it is a smart, pro-business investment. A number of respected institutions report that Medicaid expansion will produce billions in economic output and create thousands of jobs, in addition to providing healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of working Missourians. Nearly 80 percent of those jobs would be created outside of the health care industry.

Developing and recruiting a healthy workforce is important for every Missouri business to grow and is good for the state’s overall economic health. If we do not act, we are at a competitive disadvantage relative to the 37 other states that have made this investment.

Medicaid expansion is a proven job creator. Missouri can no longer sit on the sidelines. Gov. Mike Parson included Medicaid expansion in his proposed budget, and we need the General Assembly to include it in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

Thank you for your leadership and service to the state of Missouri. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

1904labs, Inc.
Adalo
Affinia Healthcare
Ameren Corporation
Aptimmune Biologics, Inc.
Arcturis
Ascension
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
BioSTL
BJC HealthCare
Blackthorn Pub and Pizza
Bopp Architecture
Botanicals Design Studio
Bridge Bread Bakery
Caleres, Inc.
Cannonball, Inc.
Child Care Aware of Missouri
Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc.
Consumers Council of Missouri
Cortex Innovation Community
CPG Agency
Crowe & Shanahan, The Social Security Law Group
CTC Genomics, LLC
Custom Engineering Inc.
DeSales Community Development
Dog Tired St Louis, LLC
Edison Agrosciences, Inc.
Edward Jones
EFK Moen, LLC
Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Evernorth
Foundations for Change, LLC
Gaslight Studio STL
Generate Health
Golden Care Alliance, LLC
Grand Chiropractic
Grasse & Associates
Greater North County Chamber of Commerce
Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Greater Than Games
Hands, Heart & Soul LLC
Healthy Bytes
Healthy Nourishment, LLC
Heavy Riff Brewing Company, LLC
Hess Meat Machines
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
In-Person Away Virtual Events, LLC
International Institute of St. Louis
Invisibly
Jeff Wunrow Designs
Jewish Community Relations Council
Justine PETERSEN
Kiku Obata & Company
Kim Plank Consulting, LLC
Law Offices of Julia L. Gray, LLC
Limitless Planet Travel & Events
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Mastercard Technologies, LLC.
Mercy Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District of St. Louis
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Missouri Budget Project
MMD Consultants
NAMI St. Louis
NCCJ St. Louis
Nestlé Purina
North County Incorporated
Northwest HealthCare
Oakland Capital Partners, LLC.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Parkway Pathology Group
PGAV Destinations
Physicians for a National Health Program (MO Chapter)
Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
Project Controls Group, Inc.
Prudent Investor Services
Public Impact Group
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
S. M. Wilson & Co.
Saint Louis Bank
Saint Louis University
Sandberg Phoenix
Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Sheldon Arts Foundation
Soapbox Public Relations
Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation
Sparlin Mental Health
Spry Digital
SSM Health
St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System
St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Community Credit Union
St. Louis Development Corporation
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc.
St. Louis Mental Health Board
St. Louis Regional Health Commission
Starkloff Disability Institute
TAO + LEE Associates, Inc.
Technology Integration Engineering
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Thompson Coburn LLP
Tower Grove Manor
Trailnet
TricorBraun
Urban Matter
Vector Communications Corporation
Washington University in St. Louis
Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis
Yoga St. Louis