MoLeg Update: Medicaid Expansion
This past week, the State Senate voted against funding Medicaid Expansion, instead choosing to disregard the will of the people and attempting to defy the Missouri Constitution.
But it’s not over. We aren’t giving up, and we know you aren’t, either. Join us for a phone bank this week and take action!
Expanding Medicaid will save lives by extending health care access to 275,000 Missourians. It’s too important for political games. Medicaid Expansion must move forward, and we will continue to fight to ensure every eligible person can gain coverage by the constitutional deadline of July 1. Together, we can make this happen.
Contact Your Legislators: Medicaid is on the Line in Missouri
On top of the fight over Medicaid Expansion, we’re fighting to protect Missouri’s entire Medicaid program.
Here’s the latest:
Annual Medicaid Funding: Senate Bill 1 is a routine, must-pass bill that funds about one-third of Missouri’s entire Medicaid program. Lawmakers typically pass it each year without much fanfare. This year, however, anti-abortion senators are playing games with it, trying to cut access to birth control and preventive care. The anti-contraception efforts could risk the entire Medicaid program, especially because the federal Medicaid law says Medicaid must fund contraception. We need the Legislature to stop with the political games and fund a clean SB 1.
“Defund” Attacks on Planned Parenthood Patients: The budget for the Department of Health and Senior Services (House Bill 10) includes language attempting to “defund” Planned Parenthood — which we know really means blocking the thousands of patients who rely on Medicaid from accessing vital preventive care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing at Planned Parenthood. The data is clear: when lawmakers block patients from Planned Parenthood, fewer patients get the care they need.
Missouri’s Medicaid program is too important for the political games going on in Jefferson City right now. Lawmakers have less than 10 days to get this right — reach out today and tell your state senator and state representative to support Missourians who rely on Medicaid for their health care by passing a clean FRA without political attacks on Planned Parenthood patients.
🏳️⚧️ Protect Trans Kids: Stop the Trans Youth Athlete Ban
With just two weeks left in session, the work to stop the Trans Youth Athlete Ban is more important than ever.
We all know that transgender youth deserve the opportunity to play the sports they love and experience the valuable lessons of being on a team with their peers: teamwork, discipline, success, and failure. Transgender youth in Missouri should be able to be part of a team and play the sport they love as their authentic selves, just like any other young student.
Take action with PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ+ advocates, to #ProtectTransKids and tell Missouri legislators what value sports have brought to your life or the lives of people you love. Remind them why sports are for everyone and we play together for the love of the game and love of the team.
📢 #StopSB26: Stand Up for Our Right to Assemble and Protest
Protesting is as American as apple pie. Our parents and grandparents used protests to build the labor movement, to expand suffrage, to fight segregation, and to end child labor. Today we continue the tradition of protest to fight racism, protect workers and save our democracy. But some politicians in Jefferson City want to restrict our freedom to come together to address injustice. Instead of listening to our voices, they want to silence us.
Under Senate Bill 26, taking to the streets for actions like union picket lines, rallies for healthcare, or marches for Black lives could result in severe penalties. Senate Bill 26 is an attempt to silence our voices and criminalize democracy. We could be fined and potentially imprisoned for democratically showing up and speaking out.
🎟 Get Your Tickets for the Premiere of At the Center: Caring for Columbia
Join Planned Parenthood Great Plains at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 for At the Center — Caring for Columbia. Premiering live on YouTube, this virtual event will take viewers on a journey of the history of Planned Parenthood in mid-Missouri, and provide an inside look at the future of sexual and reproductive health care in the region.