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FRA Extension Legislation Heads to Missouri House Budget Committee on Tuesday

Missouri State Capitol. Photo by Office of Administration, Commissioner's Office.

(Missourinet) Bipartisan legislation extending a critical funding mechanism for Missouri’s Medicaid program will head to the House Budget Committee tomorrow (Tuesday) morning in Jefferson City. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has our report:

After more than ten hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations at the Missouri Capitol all day and night Friday, the Senate voted 28-5 early Saturday morning to approve the FRA extension. The bipartisan bill extends the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) for three years. Kansas City Democratic Senator Lauren Arthur praises the Senate bill, saying it neither restricts birth control nor defunds healthcare providers. She praises senators in both parties for working on it. But Lake St. Louis GOP State Senator Bob Onder, one of the five senators who voted no, blasts the bill and describes it as an “embarrassment.” He wanted to defund Planned Parenthood. The House Budget Committee’s hearing is set for 11 am on Tuesday.

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