21 Leading Statewide Healthcare Providers Commend Missouri Senate’s Action to Renew Funding for Health Care Services to Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Today, 21 of Missouri’s leading healthcare providers issued a joint statement commending the action taken by the Missouri Senate on June 26 passing Senate Bill 1 sponsored by Senator Dan Hegeman to renew the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA). These provider organizations are now urging the Missouri House to pass SB1 in its current form.  The FRA is a funding source that provides almost half of the funding for the vital health care services to Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens. The legislation that passed the Senate early Saturday morning must make it through the House and to the Governor by July 1. The Missouri General Assembly failed to renew this funding mechanism during the 2021 regular legislative session and will expire on September 30 if not renewed by the legislature before the end of the month.  Renewed by legislators 16 times since 1991, the FRA provides more than $4 billion for essential health care services for Missouri’s most vulnerable including, but not limited to, infants, children, elderly, veterans, those with developmental disabilities and pregnant women.The fate of the healthcare services for this population now lies in the current version of Senate Bill 1 which is before the Missouri House of Representatives.  This legislation must pass by July 1 in its current format in order to avoid the expiration of the FRA and risking the viability of the healthcare industry as a whole along with the hundreds of thousands of jobs it provides to Missourians.

The health care providers supporting the passage of Senate Bill 1 by July 1st include:

  • Missouri Pharmacy Association
  • Missouri Health Care Association
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists- Missouri Section
  • Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association
  • Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
  • Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Missouri Association of Rural Health Clinics
  • Missouri Optometric Association
  • Missouri Behavioral Health Council
  • Missouri Primary Care Association
  • Preferred Family Heath
  • Missouri College of Emergency Physicians
  • Missouri Dermatological Society
  • Missouri Dental Association
  • Missouri Ambulatory Surgical Centers Association
  • Missouri Fire Alliance
  • Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
  • National Association of Social Workers – Missouri Chapter
  • Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Missouri Assisted Living Association
  • Foster Care and Adoptive Care Coalition

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