Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

BY: - June 24, 2021

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block […]

Contraception, Planned Parenthood dominate debate as Missouri Senate returns to Capitol

BY: and - June 23, 2021

If state lawmakers approve the limits on Planned Parenthood’s participation in state medical funding suggested by Gov. Mike Parson, it would not cost the organization any money. Lawmakers are back in session this week because they failed earlier this year to extend provider taxes vital to funding Medicaid after a push from conservatives in the Missouri […]

Parson calls special session, setting up debate on contraceptives, Planned Parenthood

BY: - June 22, 2021

A special session to extend provider taxes essential to the state’s Medicaid program will begin at noon Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was issued just minutes after a noon deadline set by Parson on Monday. The call came after seven members of the Senate Conservative Caucus sent him a letter demanding […]

Missouri is sitting on a huge budget surplus. But without FRA extension, cuts loom

BY: - June 9, 2021

With three weeks before the new state fiscal year begins, top legislative budget writers think progress in discussions on medical provider taxes could allow Gov. Mike Parson to issue a call for a special session by the end of the week. Parson has said he will only issue the call if lawmakers can work quickly.  […]

Missouri Republican calls for a change in Senate leadership over handling of FRA bill

BY: - May 28, 2021

The simmering division among Republicans over a bill crucial to funding Missouri’s Medicaid program boiled over this week, with the state senator at the center of the debate calling for a change in the chamber’s leadership.  Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, led the charge to include language banning the use of taxpayer money for certain contraceptives […]

Ashcroft urges Missouri Senate to shut off debate to pass Medicaid funding tax bill

BY: - May 19, 2021

Republicans in the Missouri Senate should move to shut off debate if a filibuster blocks anti-abortion lawmakers from putting their stamp on provider taxes that fund Medicaid, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said in an interview with The Independent this week. The advice was not, however, well received by the Senate’s Republican or Democratic leaders. […]

Abortion fight continues on Missouri Medicaid provider taxes

BY: - May 11, 2021

An attempt to renew a law essential to financing Missouri’s Medicaid program drew fire late Monday from a state Senator who wants to bar Planned Parenthood from participating in the program and an anti-abortion group seeking to block access to contraceptives. A renewal of the taxes that provide more than $2 billion annually for Medicaid […]


Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

BY: - April 5, 2021

While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured in headlines across the state, state Sen. Paul Wieland has put the entire Missouri Medicaid program in jeopardy with his late-night amendment to a mandatory Medicaid […]

Abortion amendment puts bill to finance Missouri Medicaid program in limbo

BY: - March 24, 2021

Missouri Senate leadership pulled a bill vital for funding the state’s Medicaid program from floor debate Tuesday after adopting an amendment barring the use of public money for common contraceptive treatments. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Wieland, could endanger the state’s entire Medicaid program by eliminating a health care service required by federal […]