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when they buy an insurance plan that covers their doctors – only to later find that the directory was years out of date and their doctor isn’t actually covered.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

One Comment

  1. I believe it would be a tragic mistake to cut Medicare and Medicaid to the extreme that is discussed. When they completely cut dental to not covering extractions it was one of the factors that helpedead to the opioid issue. Imagine that to the extreme you are wanting to do? The program isn’t bad it’s the abuse of it.

    Kiwanis Howard

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