Missouri Legislature Overrides SB608: Adds fees & penalties to Medicaid

We are deeply disappointed that the Missouri House & Senate have narrowly voted to override the Governor’s veto of SB608, a dangerous bill that sought to punish Missourians on Medicaid for ER use and missed appointments.. These penalties & fees have been shown to hurt health.

We thank the Senators and Representatives who spoke against the override, noting the real life circumstances many Medicaid recipients face, and the need to increase access to health care, not put up more barriers.

We are deeply disappointed to report that the Missouri House and Senate narrowly voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto. SB608 will become law.

Medicaid connects thousands of Missouri families to health care they would otherwise not be able to afford. SB608 will penalize Medicaid patients with unaffordable co-pays, more Missourians will put off needed medical care, and their health will suffer.

We are continuing to fight back against this bad policy. Over the coming months, we will push the state of Missouri to reduce the harm to low income patients. We will need your help to protect Missouri’s most vulnerable and will reach out when it is time to act.

As always, we will let you know when we need you to take action and stand up for the health of Missourians.

Thank you for taking action and supporting our movement.

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