JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a key tax to fund Medicaid. The Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) tax is renewed for a three-year extension.
The bill is heading to the governor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson had set a deadline of July 1 for lawmakers to renew this tax. If FRA was not renewed, Parson said he would have to make sweeping budget cuts.
Lawmakers debated funding for Planned Parenthood and the funding of certain contraceptives by Medicaid. The House also passed House Bill 2, which prevents public funding from going toward abortion facilities, affiliates, or associates. However, the State Senate adjourned without taking up this legislation, so the bill is dead.
Members of the House shared this statement with OzarkFirst,
“We are proud of the work done by the House today to approve the FRA renewal so the vital programs that assist many of Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens can continue to be funded. We’re also proud of our members for taking a strong stand in defense of the lives of the unborn as we approved House Bill 2 to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers. We urge our colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to pass these important pro-life protections so the governor can sign them into law.”
House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, a Democrat from Springfield says,
“We are in special session because the Republican supermajority failed at basic governance. For nearly 30 years, Missouri lawmakers routinely renewed the Federal Reimbursement Allowance because the state budget would be gutted without it. Yet this year, many Republicans were willing to push the state to the brink of financial destruction to stop poor women from accessing birth control. Throughout this process, House Democrats responsibly advocated for a clean FRA and proved instrumental in securing its passage to keep our budget solvent.”