Staff Contact: Jane Drummond
Today, the Missouri General Assembly concluded its work for the 2022 legislative session. Weeks of filibustering in the Senate led to a historically low number of bills passed.
Health care-related legislation that will be sent to the governor includes changes to the Time Critical Diagnosis system (H.B. 2331), removing the notarization requirement from affidavits supporting involuntary commitment (S.B. 775) and numerous provisions relating to professional licensure (H.B. 2149). Prohibitions on vaccine mandates (H.B. 1606 and H.B. 2090) include carve-outs for hospitals. MHA staff worked with legislators to craft reasonable provisions surrounding patient visitation (H.B. 2116 and S.B. 710).
HJR 117, which would have given voters the opportunity to subject Medicaid expansion to annual appropriations, did not pass. Two bills were introduced to repeal the Certificate of Need requirements (H.B. 1616 and S.B. 727/890), but neither were passed out of their chamber of origin.
Members will receive more detailed information on the legislative session in the next two weeks.