The Missouri Catholic Conference has issued a statement on health care reform legislation now under discussion in the Missouri General Assembly. Legislators are tackling a number of bills that would either expand Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health coverage to the poor, or reform the existing program.
The statement urges lawmakers to clearly prohibit funding or promotion of abortion or other life destroying practices. A plea is made that legislators pay special attention to the health care needs of the very poor. Of special concern to the MCC are proposals that would reduce health coverage for pregnant women. Women with access to prenatal care enjoy better health than women denied these services, and their unborn children benefit as well.