Legislation that extends a key funding mechanism for Missouri’s Medicaid program is backed by the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) and 20 other statewide health groups. The MPA’s Henrio (pronounced HENRY-oh) Thelemaque (pronounced THELL-ah-make) testifies rural Missouri pharmacies will close if lawmakers don’t act quickly:
The Missouri House Budget Committee voted 27-2 on Tuesday to approve the FRA extension for three years. The Pharmacy Association notes the FRA provides about half of the funding for health care services for Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens. Governor Parson agrees, warning that failure to extend the FRA would cost Missouri 591-million dollars in fiscal year 2022.