Missouri House Democrats address health care and Medicaid
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri House Democrats met Monday to talk about health care improvements.
The House Democrats mentioned several bills they filed in hopes for the Senate to pass them. One of these bills filed was House Bill 2055, which provides health care to foster care children between the ages of 13 to 26. Other House Bills filed that address health care services are:
- House Bill 1670: Health care for children
- House Bill 1528: Addresses difficulties in mental health
- House Bill 1382: Addresses suicide fatalities by training people to assess this issue in long-term care facilities
- House Bill 1470: Public schools to provide suicide prevention training to teachers and principals
- House Bill 2052: To make prescription drugs more affortable
- House Bill 1987: To help diabetics with the price of insuline
- House Bill 2178: Assesses Missouri's opioid addiction
- House Bill 1667: Addresses public health threats resulting from addiction
House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said the health care system in Missouri fails to cover necessary services for many families.
"We must reshape health care policy in this state to improve outcomes for a healthier Missouri," Quade said. "We fully support Medicaid expansion and believe the voters are going to get that done."
Rep. Mike Stephens, R-Bolivar, said in terms of budget it is really hard to give everyone what they want. He said at the end, the government has to pay for a lot of things and won't be benefiting as much.
Rep. Stephens said Medicaid will affect other people in a bad way.
"The pay for physicians services, in Missouri Medicaid, is not a lot," Rep. Stephens said. "It's significantly less than other types of insurance."
Rep. Stephens said Medicaid and health care expansion "drains the resources." He said even though they might help people, at the end it doesn't help the state when it comes to money.
The Missouri Republican Party will have a news conference to talk about their goals this session. They will mention Medicaid and health care expansion.