Paul Wieland

Missouri House passes Medicaid provider tax bill, preventing major budget cuts

BY: - June 30, 2021

With fewer than 12 hours to spare before the start of a new fiscal year, the Missouri House on Wednesday approved a bill extending medical provider taxes essential to balancing the budget, forestalling more than $700 million in cuts planned by Gov. Mike Parson. Divisions over how and whether to add provisions sought by anti-abortion […]

Divide among Missouri Republicans threatens to upend special session on Medicaid tax

BY: - June 24, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and GOP legislative leaders were gathered on a conference call Tuesday morning, with little time to spare.  The governor had set a noon deadline for lawmakers to strike a deal on a tax that provides $2 billion for Missouri’s Medicaid program. If they didn’t, he vowed deep cuts across the board […]

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 […]


Capitol Perspectives: The price of a purge

BY: - June 22, 2021

A recent suggestion by a Missouri Senator of a Senate leadership purge reminded me about the last time the Senate’s top leader was ousted. Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, made his suggestion in a letter to Republican senators, reported by The Missouri Independent, complaining about how Senate leaders consulted with Democrats on his amendment to ban Medicaid […]

Missouri Gov. Parson says he’ll slash budget if lawmakers don’t strike a deal on FRA soon

BY: - June 21, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson gave lawmakers a deadline of noon Tuesday to strike a deal to renew medical provider taxes vital to funding Medicaid or accept responsibility for more than $700 million in cuts from the state budget that takes effect July 1. At a news conference Monday afternoon, Parson lashed out at anti-abortion lawmakers who […]

Special session on tax crucial for Medicaid in doubt over Planned Parenthood amendment

BY: - June 18, 2021

On Tuesday, Republicans appeared to have reached a fragile consensus around extending a tax crucial to Missouri’s Medicaid finances — opening the door for Gov. Mike Parson to call lawmakers into special session next week.  By Friday afternoon, that consensus appears to have been derailed, at least temporarily, by disagreements over a proposed amendment that […]

Missouri Senate Democratic leader says delay in special session will allow tempers to cool

BY: - June 3, 2021

The state Senate’s leading Democrat on Wednesday praised Gov. Mike Parson’s signal that he won’t call a special session to renew medical provider taxes that fund Medicaid without assurances a bill would pass. The taxes, which are expected to provide $2.6 billion to fund Medicaid in the coming fiscal year, will expire Sept. 30. The […]

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 […]

GOP divisions in the Missouri Senate bedevil legislative session

BY: - May 17, 2021

When the Missouri Senate gathered early Friday morning, with just under 18 hours before the state Constitution requires lawmakers to conclude their session, Sen. Paul Wieland asked a fellow lawmaker a question. “How long do you think me and you are going to have to talk, in these next 18 hours?” Wieland, R-Imperial, asked Sen. […]

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Missouri lawmakers head home without passing bill crucial to Medicaid funding

BY: , and - May 14, 2021

Missouri lawmakers ended the 2021 legislative session with a $2 billion question left unanswered.  For the first time in 30 years, the General Assembly failed to renew taxes on hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies that last year accounted for $2.3 billion of Missouri’s $10.8 billion Medicaid program.  A fight over birth control and abortion derailed […]

Medicaid provider taxes imperiled as compromise on abortion issues eludes lawmakers

BY: - May 13, 2021

The pathway to renewing provider taxes essential to funding Medicaid before Missouri lawmakers adjourn for the year became much narrower Thursday afternoon, when issues raised by abortion opponents forced removal of the taxes from a health care bill. When a conference committee met to work out differences between the House and Senate on the bill, […]

New anti-abortion effort derails Missouri Medicaid funding bill

BY: - April 20, 2021

A third attempt to get a bill that funds one-quarter of Missouri’s Medicaid program through the state Senate failed Tuesday night when a new anti-abortion issue was injected into the legislation. Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, brought the bill that has been in limbo since late March to the floor just a few hours after telling […]