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Legislation #: 160681 Introduction Date: 9/1/2016
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS TAYLOR, FOWLER, WAGNER, SHIELDS, JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, MCMANUS, REED AND CANADY
Title: Honoring the “Medicaid 23” for Peacefully Seeking Change to Benefit the Uninsured in Our Community. 

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9/1/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/1/2016 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 160681

 

Honoring the “Medicaid 23” for Peacefully Seeking Change to Benefit the Uninsured in Our Community. 

 

WHEREAS, on May 6, 2014, the faith community, joined by 300 citizens, exercised their first amendment rights by standing, locking arms, chanting, praying, and peacefully singing in protest to the Missouri State Senate’s rejection of expanding Medicaid; and

 

WHEREAS, 22 religious leaders were tried and found guilty of trespassing and found innocent of obstructing government operations in a split decision from the Cole County court this month; and

 

WHEREAS, Medicaid expansion in Missouri would result in an estimated 274,000 uninsured people qualifying for coverage, according to the “Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues” from the Urban Institute, August 2014; and

 

  WHEREAS, Medicaid expansion could inject $17.4 billion dollars into the Missouri economy from 2015 to 2022, creating 23,868 jobs over 8 years, and  the possibility of $9.9 billion in new wages, according to “The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion” from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), February 2014 ; and

 

WHEREAS, According to Missouri Faith Voices in 2014, 750 deaths occurred due to inadequate health care and has increased to 1,500 people in 2016, which could be prevented with adequate health care;

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council respectfully request Governor Nixon pardon the 22 religions leaders for exercising their first amendment rights; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby congratulate the “Medicaid 23” religious leaders for standing in protest of the roadblock to expanding Medicaid eligibility limits to benefit the citizens of Kansas City and the State of Missouri; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Reverend Wallace Hartsfield, Sr., and Reverend Vernon Howard as a symbol of the Mayor and Council’s respect and high regard for putting their values into action for their community.

 

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