Jeff City lawmaker proposes school health clinics in rural areas
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City lawmaker is pushing for a measure to establish health centers at rural schools.
Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, recently pre-filed legislation in an effort to encourage health clinics at schools with a large number of students from low-income families.
Bill HB320, submitted December 30th, requires the Department of Social Services to assist public elementary and secondary schools in rural areas where 50 percent or more students get free or reduced-price lunch.
Jessica Shelton has two boys in elementary and primary schools in Boonville. She said such clinics are needed to prevent children from getting sick and spreading germs around school.
"It will benefit families," Shelton said.
She said a low co-pay for people that do not have insurance would "help out a lot, too."
The school-based clinics would not be allowed to provide abortion services or prescribe birth control.
The centers would get the opportunity to apply for one-time grants to acquire the necessary technology.
The measure would require parents' permission before children can receive health care assistance at the clinics.
The bill is currently not on the House calendar and no hearing has been scheduled.
Missouri would require federal approval before schools could move forward with the clinics, according to the Associated Press.
The governor's office said it is too early to discuss the measure.
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