Month: March 2016

RSVP for our Tuesday, April 19th Lobby Day

RSVP for our Tuesday, April 19th Lobby Day

The grassroots movement for health care continues thanks to supporters like you.

Our first Lobby Day of the year was a huge success. Nearly 100 supporters from across the state joined us to talk to our elected officials about the raising asset limits for seniors and individuals with disabilities, implementing rate review, and of course, closing Missouri’s Coverage Gap.

Supporters met with 40 elected officials from both sides of the aisle, representing urban and rural areas, including Speaker of the House Todd Richardson  and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard’s office.

We are going to continue this momentum into our next Lobby Day, on Tuesday, April 19th.

RSVP today by clicking here or emailing mohealth@mohealthcareforall.org

Health Care Lobby Day

Tuesday, April 19th
9:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Missouri State Capitol
Welcome & Training begins at 10:00 AM in Hearing Room 1, basement level
Light refreshments will be provided during the training

A tentative agenda, carpool locations, and other logistics will be sent to you once you RSVP. Email mohealth@mohealthcareforall.org for more information.

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Rally for Justice: Thursday, March 17th

Rally for Justice: Thursday, March 17th

Join the Missouri Medicaid Coalition on Thursday, March 17th to rally for justice. Join in to tell our legislators to put people over politics, and take a stand for the future and vision for our state.

This day will focus on important issues including closing the Coverage Gap and stopping attempts to suppress voting. Join our allies for this day of action and raise your voice for justice.

When:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch will be provided

Where:
Missouri Capitol
201 W Capitol Ave
Jefferson City, MO  65101

RSVP:
Click here to RSVP
Or Email mohealth@mohealthcareforall.org

To find transportation and carpool locations, visit this RSVP and event info page.

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Help improve access to services for young adults with mental illness

Help improve access to services for young adults with mental illness

Please join us in supporting access to services for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Research shows that a majority of individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders experience the first onset between 15 and 25 years of age. Young adults in this situation are frequently uninsured. As a result, they often struggle to access the services that could put them on a path to recovery. Instead, these young adults find themselves on a path to disability as treatable conditions becomes debilitating crises.

Missouri is considering a pilot program that would provide approximately 1,900 uninsured young adults facing a serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder with Medicaid coverage targeted to meet their mental and physical health needs. For these young adults, this coverage could make the difference between disability and independence.

The Missouri Department of Social Services is seeking public input on the proposed program. Please join us in telling the Department of Social Services that we support this proposal. 

Click here to sign on to our letter to the Department of Social Services, supporting the proposed program.

Note: We will collect signatures through Wednesday, March 23rd to ensure we deliver your voice to the Missouri Department of Social Services on time.

Want to do more? Consider attending an upcoming hearing and voicing your support. Hearings are being held across the state:

  • Hannibal: March 10, 3-5 pm, Mark Twain Behavioral Health, 917 Broadway, 63401
  • Cape Girardeau: March 11, 9-11 am, Community Counseling Center 402 S. Silver Springs Rd., 63703
  • St. Louis: March 11, 2-4 pm, BJC Behavioral Health BJC Learning Institute, LL Conference Room C, 8300 Eager Rd., 63144
  • Jefferson City: March 17, 2-4 pm, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, 221 Metro Dr., 65109
  • Springfield: March 18, 9-11 am, Burrell Behavioral Health, 1300 E. Bradford Pkwy, 65804
  • Lee’s Summit: March 18, 3-5 pm, ReDiscover, 901 NE Independence Ave., 64086

You can also join any hearing by phone by calling 1-866-906-9888 and entering PIN# 9841665.
Please let us know if you attend a hearing by emailing mohealth@mohealthcareforall.org.

This waiver won’t solve all of Missouri’s health care access problems – but it will make a real difference for the young adults it benefits.

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Update from the Capitol: March 2, 2016

Update from the Capitol: March 2, 2016

March 2, 2016

There’s a lot happening in the Missouri Capitol. Read on for recent updates and ways you can take action to increase access to health care.

Health Care Lobby Day

Missouri Health Care for All’s first lobby day on February 17 was a huge success. Nearly 100 people from around the state joined us to talk to their legislators about asset limits, rate review, and closing Missouri’s Coverage Gap. Our visits made a difference, as you’ll see below.

What you can do:

Sign up to join coalition partners at a Rally for Justice in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 17.

Sign up to attend our next Health Care Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 19.

Bill to raise asset limits advances

Under current law, people with disabilities and seniors lose their Medicaid if they have too much money in the bank – just $999 for an individual and $2,000 for a couple. These limits were set in 1967 and have not changed since. As a result, people with disabilities and seniors cannot save their own money to help with expenses like education, home and car repairs, and other basic needs. HB 1565 would gradually raise Missouri’s asset limits, allowing people to save their own money for important expenses. Last week, the Missouri House passed HB 1565 by a vote of 151-7 – this is great news! Now the bill moves to the Senate.

What you can do: Please call your state senator and encourage him or her to support HB 1565. Click here to look up your state senator’s phone number.

Rate review gains co-sponsors

Missouri health insurance rates are going up much faster than the national average. One reason may be that Missouri is the only U.S. state where our Department of Insurance isn’t allowed to review or publish health insurance rates. Giving the Missouri Department of Insurance the ability to review health insurance rates could help keep premiums lower for Missouri. There have been two bills filed that would create rate review in Missouri. One, HB 1405, picked up four additional co-sponsors – two Republicans and two Democrats – after our lobby day. We will keep you posted on progress on this issue.

Missouri still needs to close the Coverage Gap

We continue to talk to legislators about the need to close the Coverage Gap. While we are frustrated that Missouri hasn’t closed its gap yet, we are reminded that it often takes 5-10 years to pass a bill in Missouri. We are in this fight for the long haul and we have a strategy to win. Please join us in the Capitol on either March 17 or April 19, and please watch your e-mail for ways to get involved locally.

Want more information on the bills we are tracking? Go to https://missourihealthcareforall.org/bills/ for information on these and other bills.

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