- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - More than 100 people are rallying at the Missouri Capitol urging lawmakers to expand eligibility for Medicaid as the session nears its end.

Protesters against lawmakers’ inaction on the measure marched Wednesday through the halls chanting “no Medicaid, no peace” so loudly they could be heard in the House chamber.

Those rallying primarily called to expand who is eligible to receive benefits through the state and federal health care program.

The Democratic minority also has pushed to grow the state’s Medicaid program, but Republican legislative leaders have repeatedly said that’s a nonstarter.

It’s unlikely a bill for expanded coverage will pass before lawmakers’ Friday deadline.

Those protesting also spoke in favor of expunging certain criminal records and addressing police violence.

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