04/01/19 - Missouri Mondays - Tell your legislator to stop attacks on Medicaid recipients!
Thanks to Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri for a great Lobby Day event last week and thanks to YOU for raising your voices with reproductive health allies from all across the state lobbying for sexual and reproductive health care for all Missourians! Despite our best lobbying efforts the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The budget still must be passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, but the cuts are predicted to remain. We ask you to keep calling your legislators to demand that funding for Planned Parenthood be restored!
For this week’s Missouri Monday, we ask you to tell your legislator to stop threatening healthcare benefits for thousands of Missouri’s Medicaid recipients and VOTE NO on SB 76 and HB 183!
Senate Bill 76 sponsored by Sen. David Sater and House Bill 183 sponsored by Rep. Curtis Trent, would require the state to apply for a waiver to allow Missouri to institute Medicaid work reporting rules.
These bills would require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer 80 hours per week to receive their health care benefit.
Similar legislation was passed in Arkansas and resulted in loss of Medicaid health coverage for more than 18,000 Arkansans.
Just last week a Federal judge ruled against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky and a third lawsuit is pending in New Hampshire.
Such laws in other states have also been struck down in court for creating too many obstacles to receiving healthcare, obstacles such as a dearth of jobs in some areas of the state, irregular hours provided by an employer, lack of access or knowledge of computers, and health issues of the individual or family member that prevent working. Should either bill become law, Missouri would also likely be sued, needlessly wasting taxpayer dollars.
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!