The Missouri Legislature will bring the 2016 Regular session to a close on Friday, May 13th, and as of May 10th, we have a lot to celebrate.
Rate Review – Passed!
We will no longer be able to say Missouri is the only state in the union without Rate Review because the Missouri House just passed SB 865 by a vote of 140-6. All session, you – our grassroots supporters – called and emailed your legislators. All session, our Policy Director worked with Democrat and Republican legislators to make this happen. This is a good day for Missouri consumers.
Please take a moment to thank these Representatives for sponsoring Rate Review bills:
Raising Asset Limits – Passed!
People with disabilities and older Missourians on Medicaid will be able to save more of their own money without sacrificing needed health coverage. A broad coalition of organizations, including advocates from the disability community, mental health and social service providers, advocates for seniors, and health advocates worked to help raise Missouri’s asset limits for the first time in 50 years. HB 1565 passed its last major hurdle in the Senate today with another resounding vote of 29-1.
was the “Nay” vote.
Two of our major policy priorities now await signatures from Governor Jay Nixon and are on their way to becoming law.
The Work Ahead
With all these wins and reasons to celebrate, we know there’s much work ahead. 300,000 of our hard-working neighbors are still in the Coverage Gap, with no access to affordable health coverage. We continue working to build support for closing this gap, and to address other broken places in our health care system. Please watch your e-mail for upcoming opportunities to participate.
Thank you for making our movement strong.