Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Congress and the Missouri Legislature are in Full Swing

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly on health care - and how you can help!

 The (Opportunity for) Good

  • Medicaid coverage for new moms: Missouri should extend coverage so women don’t lose their coverage a short 60 days after giving birth.
  • Insurance provider directories should be accurate: Consumers should not face a bait-and-switch when they buy an insurance plan that covers their doctors – only to later find that the directory was years out of date and their doctor isn’t actually covered.
  • Eliminating surprise medical bills: Missourians who go to an in-network emergency room should not face a huge bill because the on-call doctor - who they didn't get to choose - was out-of-network.

 The (Threat of) Bad 

  • President Trump’s budget proposal suggests making deep cuts to health care, including taking away the discounts that help 4 out of 5 people with Marketplace health insurance plans.
  • Missouri legislators have also begun working on their budget.
  • We are closely monitoring for any budget cuts to health care programs. 

The Ugly 

  • The U.S. House passed a bill that would significantly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it far easier for businesses to get away with not being accessible.
  • Missouri legislators have filed several bills that would jeopardize people's Medicaid coverage, including SB 562, which would slash funding and threaten care for children, people with disabilities, and seniors – just like last year’s SB 28.

Two Ways to Support Health Care Now

1. Have you or someone you know ever gotten a surprise medical bill?
Please tell us about it:

2. Please CALL your state representative and state senator and tell them, “I’m a constituent and I want you to oppose any bill or budget that would lead to people losing their health care.”

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