Both the Missouri House and Senate have rejected Medicaid expansion bills pending before committees of their respective chambers. But the issue is not dead yet. Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) has filed legislation (House Bill 700) that takes a different approach by proposing reforms of Medicaid, such as requiring more cost-sharing by recipients, and building in various pro-life protections, such as prohibiting funding of abortions.
A hearing on House Bill 700 is expected after Spring Break, probably the legislative week of March 25-29. Representative Barnes has been making the rounds of the offices of his House colleagues and asking for their input. A revised House Bill 700 is now being drafted.