Without a doubt the biggest disappointment of the legislative session was the failure of the general assembly to reform Medicaid and offer health coverage to an estimated 260,000 uninsured Missourians.
Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) spent a large portion of this year’s session working with other legislators to develop consensus on a Medicaid reform bill. HB 700 was approved by a House committee but after the Senate expressed little interest in Medicaid reform, Representative Barnes put his bill aside.
Legislation was passed that permits the legislature to create an interim committee to explore how to reform Medicaid. If the interim committee is established, the MCC will track its work and continue to advocate for reforming and expanding Medicaid so that more of the uninsured working poor can obtain affordable health coverage.