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Missouri is set to shed its distinction as the only state without a statewide program to track opioid prescriptions.

The state House voted 91-64 Tuesday to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program. By January 2024, all health care providers who are legally able to prescribe opioids such as oxycodone will have to enter that information into a database in real time. The intent is to keep people with substance use disorder from going to multiple providers.

The Senate already approved the program, and Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it into law.

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Updated at 7:07 p.m. on 05/11/2021  

 On Tues. May 11, Governor Mike Parson notified the U.S. Department of Labor, that Missouri will end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs, effective June 12 at 11:59PM. The announcement was made in a press release.



MO House Adds Amendments To HB 834 Which Expand Medicaid For New Mothers And Reduce Drug Prices

May 11, 2021
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The Missouri House made changes to a bill on Mon. May 10, that would affect healthcare throughout the state.

One of the new amendments included expansion of Medicaid for new mothers. Currently, newborns are covered for a year while their mothers are only covered for three months.

The new amendment makes it so that new mothers are covered for a year, too. These amendments are included in HB 834.

The Missouri General Assembly will move into its final week of regular session Monday with scores of key priorities left unpassed, leaving lots of uncertainty about what will end up making it to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk.

But the passage of key education-related legislation last week could open up the floodgates for other priorities to pass.

When legislators gavel into session on Monday they’ll have a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to complete their work. Some of the key issues still to be decided include:

JEFFERSON CITY — The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature passed a $35 billion spending plan on Friday afternoon without including funding to expand Medicaid.

A 2020 constitutional amendment voters passed would add 275,000 low-income Missourians to the health care plan, with the federal government picking up 90% of the cost. But lawmakers declined to put the $130 million in the budget that would have paid the state’s share, saying the amendment didn’t specify funding.