Jan 292016
MCC Speaks Out Against "Doctor Shopping" for Drugs

This week the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) presented testimony in support of HB 1892, the Narcotics Control Act. The bill establishes a prescription drug registry that will allow doctors to check the drug usage of patients coming to them for care. The MCC said there was no “innate right to access prescription drugs” and observed […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 2:26 pm Health Care, News No Responses »
Jan 082016
General Assembly Convenes for 2016 Session

Wednesday the Missouri General Assembly convened for its 2016 session. House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Popular Bluff) set out some legislative priorities in an address to the Missouri House. See this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article for more on Richardson’s address. The new President Pro Tem of the Senate, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), skipped the customary opening speech and just told Senators to […]

Feb 072014
House Committee Approves Conscience Protection for Healthcare Workers

By a vote of 9-3 the House Committee on Health Care Policy has voted “Do Pass” HB 1430, sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka), which would protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers.  The bill would permit doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to opt out of assisting or participating in abortion, providing abortion-inducing […]

Jan 032014
Governor Nixon Calls for Medicaid Expansion

Governor Jay Nixon has stated his intent to pursue Medicaid reform as a high-priority issue during the upcoming legislative session. In a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Nixon said he hopes legislators who opposed Medicaid expansion during the 2013 legislative session will reconsider their position this year, as other states have taken advantage of the […]

 January 3, 2014  Posted by at 2:01 pm Health Care, News No Responses »
Nov 082013
St. Louis Judge Dismisses MO Lawmaker's Challenge to HHS Mandate

St. Louis federal circuit court judge Jean Hamilton has dismissed a lawsuit brought by State Representative Paul Wieland challenging the HHS Mandate, ruling that he did not have legal standing to challenge the law. Wieland alleged in the lawsuit that as a result of the HHS mandate he has been denied the ability to opt […]

 November 8, 2013  Posted by at 11:25 am Abortion-Drug Mandate, Health Care, News No Responses »
Nov 042013
House Committee Discusses Medicaid Reform

This week an interim committee of the Missouri House met to discuss how to reform and possibly expand Medicaid, the insurance program that provides health coverage to lower income Missourians. The committee is chaired by State Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), who last session advanced legislation supported by the Missouri Catholic Conference. The Barnes’ bill […]

 November 4, 2013  Posted by at 12:46 pm Health Care, News No Responses »
Oct 242013
Tough Road Ahead for Medicaid Expansion

According to the Jefferson City News Tribune, at a recent meeting of the Randolph County Pachyderms Club in Moberly, State Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) and State Representative Noel Torpey (R-Independence) indicated that the general assembly is not likely to expand Medicaid in the 2014 session. Senator Schaaf said, “I will stand and filibuster expansion […]

 October 24, 2013  Posted by at 2:15 pm Health Care, News No Responses »
Sep 192013
Your State Government: Deaf Services

Within the Department of Mental Health (DMH) are services for deaf and hard of hearing residents of Missouri. Deaf Services  is a long running program that serves 3,500 deaf or hard of hearing individuals yearly. Deaf Services offers the majority of its newer and expanded services through both behavioral health and developmental disability areas of DMH. There […]

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 2:58 pm Health Care, News No Responses »
Sep 162013
House Committee Concludes Medicaid Hearings

A committee formed by the Missouri House of Representatives to obtain citizen input on Medicaid has concluded that the program should be reformed and expanded. The 52 member House Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform held meetings throughout the state this summer. The Committee chairman, State Rep. Noel Torpey (R-Independence), said […]

 September 16, 2013  Posted by at 11:55 am Health Care, Missouri General Assembly, News No Responses »
Sep 062013
Your State Government: Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

In 2011, in the state of Missouri 154,200 people were either blind or had a visual impairment. Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), a program through the Department of Social Services, provides a variety of services to eligible blind and visually impaired Missourians. The program helped 2,282 Missourians last year. The program offers vocational rehabilitation, […]

 September 6, 2013  Posted by at 2:22 pm Health Care, News No Responses »