JFS’ mission is based on the Jewish values of Tzedakah (justice) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and so we have recently introduced a strategy to bring these values to light by using our voice to advocate for policies and programs that affect the most marginalized individuals and communities whom we serve.
On August 4, Missouri will vote on Amendment 2 to expand Medicaid. Expansion would insure over 200,000 Missourians, including a number of JFS clients, who are trapped in the coverage gap of earning too much to currently qualify for Medicaid, yet not enough to afford private insurance. Too often families have to decide between putting food on the table and seeking necessary medical care—a decision no one should have to make. Last fall, we collected signatures to get expansion on the ballot, and now we are joining organizations across the state like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Nurses Association, and the Missouri NAACP in supporting Amendment 2.
It’s time for Missouri to join the 36 states that have chosen to expand crucial health coverage to vulnerable individuals and families while protecting hospitals and healthcare jobs. Please join us in following the #YesOn2 campaign and learning more about how Medicaid expansion is right for Missouri!