Sunday, April 20, 2014

Published:03/01/2013

Proving for another week they can be highly functioning, the Senate spent several hours on Tuesday evening working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which received initial approval just before 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  Both the historic preservation and low income housing tax credit programs would take a whack under this proposal.  There was also a flurry of bill filings in the Senate this week with the February 28 Senate bill filing deadline at hand.

The House showed equal effectiveness passing both an employment discrimination bill and an education reform bill that's received a great deal of attention the last couple of weeks.

Medicaid expansion continues to be at the forefront of discussions.  This week the House had two separate committees vote to reject expanding Medicaid as prescribed under the ACA.  The House Appropriations Committee on Social Services voted against including the federal money for Medicaid expansion in the budget and the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee defeated HB 627, which contained statutory language enabling the expansion.

The House Republican Plan that has been the focus of much discussion this week was released.  Representative Jay Barnes filed HB 700, which would allow the working poor up 100% of the federal poverty level to enroll in Medicaid, but would reduce other groups that are covered at higher eligibility standards to 100% also.  The bill also aims to cut costs by creating cash incentives for Medicaid recipients who make an effort to keep their health costs low and shifting Missouri’s Medicaid program to private insurer-based managed care systems.

SENATE SMALL BUSINESS, INSURANCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE HEARING

SB 292, sponsored by Senator Scott Rupp, was heard on Tuesday in the Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee.  The bill allows for the refund for workers' compensation overpayments.  The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Missouri testified in support.  No further action was taken.

HEARING ON SB 1 SET FOR MARCH 6

SB 1, sponsored by Senator Scott Rupp, is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, March 6, at 8:00 a.m. in House Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee.

A current Bill Summary and Status Report is attached for your review.


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