Healthcare group hosts final lobby day of session
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Healthcare for All (MHCFA) will host its last big lobby day of the legislative session on Wednesday.
"We find these lobby days incredibly effective in getting messages to reach the legislators," MHCFA Executive Director Jen Bersdale said.
Bersdale said legislators tend to listen to constituents during lobbying days because they have a chance to see how their polices affect these people.
"They really do listen when people from their own district through out the state who they do not see as being politically connected or having a stake in the fight," Bersdale said. "But these are real people that have come to share their stories and the stories of the people they know, and talk about the impact of these big, lofty policies on lives, their lives, and lives of people living back in the home communities."
MHCFA told KOMU 8 News it has two main priorities for Wednesday. The first involves stopping HB183, a proposal, the group said, would add "busy work" requirements to Medicaid.
The second priority relates to work on bills that would add more strength to previously-passed legislation.
Bersdale said the first issue is a priority because it is a policy that adds more bureaucracy to already complex requirements.