House Committee Advances Medicaid Reform

The House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability has approved, by a 7 to 2 vote, the Medicaid Reform bill (HCS HB 700), which is sponsored by Representative Jay Barnes, a Republican legislator from Jefferson City. The Missouri Catholic Conference supports this legislation, which includes strong pro-life protections, encourages people to take responsibility for their own healthcare and helps many of Missouri’s poorest citizens to pay for affordable health plans.

The following committee members voted for HCS HB 700: Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City); Thomas Flanigan (R-Carthage); Jeffrey Messenger (R-Republic); Gina Mitten (D-St. Louis); Chris Molendorp (R-Belton); Tommie Pierson (D-St. Louis); and, Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff). Expressions of thanks to these committee members would be helpful at this time.

The following committee members voted against HCS HB 700: Mark Parkinson (R-St. Charles); and Kevin McManus (D-Kansas City). These committee members should be asked to reconsider their position as they will likely have another opportunity to vote on HCS HB 700, if it reaches the House floor.

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