Governor Mike Parson warns of grim reality if FRA program is not extended by July 1

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Mike Parson is calling the future a grim reality if state lawmakers don’t pass the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) program.

Last week the governor warned cuts could be coming if lawmakers don’t take action before July 1.

Parson says more than $700 million worth of budget cuts are coming and will affect every Missourian. He says this will affect high education like universities and community colleges and even social services like foster care.

During the press conference, Parson also called out Republican lawmakers who are trying to remove abortions and birth control from being covered for women who are already on Medicaid from slowing down the renewal.

He said he will continue working with House and Senate leaders until noon tomorrow and if lawmakers aren’t called back for a special session to extended the program there will be no other opportunity.

The FRA program is a tax collected from medical providers like hospitals to support Medicaid – the tax brings in 1.6 billion for Medicaid

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