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 considered during the now concluded 2013 session of the Missouri General Assembly faced strong opposition from legislators who oppose expanding Medicaid to cover more of the poor. Consequently, the legislation did not pass. Unfortunately, it appears that this opposition remains strong as the general assembly prepares for the 2014 session, which opens in January. Click here for a News Tribune report on the recent hearings.
Posted: November 4, 2013