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when they buy an insurance plan that covers their doctors – only to later find that the directory was years out of date and their doctor isn’t actually covered.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 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.”