As Parson’s deadline nears, Missouri House set to vote on Medicaid tax

As Parson’s deadline nears, Missouri House set to vote on Medicaid tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers have less than two days to renew an important Medicaid tax before the governor enforces millions of dollars in budget cuts . Gov. Mike Parson told legislators last week they have until July 1 to extend the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) tax. Members of the House Budget committee met Tuesday to hear testimony about the renewal legislation, but as expected there was also a debate about talking funding away from providers that offer abortion services. House Bill 2, sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon, took up three hours of the four-hour hearing. The bill does not contain any language about the FRA renewal, but prevents public funding from going toward abortion facilities, affiliates or associates. It also goes to say any federal law, act or order that requires Medicaid funding to pay for abortion services would be nullified in Missouri. Schroer said this is in reference to the Hyde Amendment. “I think it is time that we make known that we are going to defend taxpayer dollars. We are going to defend the lives of the unborn,” Schroer said. He compared part of the bill to the Second Amendment Preservation Act , which prohibits law enforcement officers from enforcing federal gun laws and would fine a department up to $50,000 if an officer infringes someone’s Second Amendment rights. “Similar fashion to what we did with the Second Amendment Preservation Act, stating that whatever is going to occur federally that no federal act, law, […]

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