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Bipartisan FRA Extension Bill Now on Missouri Governor Parson’s Desk; Planned Parenthood Fight to Continue

Missouri’s governor is praising state lawmakers for extending a critical funding mechanism for the state’s Medicaid program.

Governor Parson has been warning that failure to extend the FRA would cost Missouri 591-million dollars in fiscal year 2022. The Missouri House gave final approval to the FRA extension Wednesday afternoon, sending the bill to the governor’s desk. The Missouri Health Care Association urged lawmakers to extend the FRA, saying it provides more than four-billion dollars for essential care services for the most vulnerable … including infants, children, the elderly, and those with developmental disabilities.

Missouri’s Senate Majority leader has announced the creation of an interim committee on Medicaid Accountability. Columbia Republican State Senator Caleb Rowden made the announcement on Wednesday, saying he looks forward to working with the House and the governor to defund Planned Parenthood. The House spent hours debating Planned Parenthood yesterday, voting 109-46 along party lines to defund Planned Parenthood.

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