Missouri residents approved a ballot measure expanding Medicaid in a blow to Gov.
More than 53% of voters supported expanding Medicaid, compared with roughly 46% who voted no, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past decade, prompting supporters to turn to the initiative process.
The ballot proposal will expand eligibility under the terms of the 2010 federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama.
Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and won the Republican primary for a full term, moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday’s primary.