The Money Follows the Person legislation did pass. This legislation sets up a committee to assess the continuation of the Money Follows the Person program. This is a good thing and we are happy that this program may be continued in Missouri after the federal grant ends.
The Medicaid asset limit (SB 322) died in the Senate when the Democrats filibustered after Ron Richard pushed the Right to Work legislation through.
Senator's Sater's SB 63, the prescription drug database legislation, died on the House Calendar because it had House amendments and could not go back to the Senate to accept the amendments or to conference because of the shutdown of the Senate. Representative Rehder's House Bill 130, the prescription drug database legislation, had a hearing in the Senate in mid April but never came out of committee.
Proposed changes to the Missouri guardianship law will be taking public comment. "The draft changes to the statute are only recommendations. Members of the MO-WINGS task force said public input will be sought until November. Until a website is developed, people can contact the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council or co-chairs of the task force for comment." That quote was from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
After attending the breakout session on this at last year's aging conference. Missouri has 30,000 adults under guardianship and another 23,000 minors. They plan to introduce this legislation next year.
The Missouri Silver Haired Legislature held their 41st Annual Conference on October 22-24, 2014. At this conference they set their Top Five priorities for the 2015 Missouri Legislative session.
1) Restore funding for Home-Delivered and Congregate meals provided by the Area Agencies on Aging. 2) Increase funding for programs and services provided by the Area Agengies on Aging. 3) Expand Medicaid eligiblity from the current level to 138% of the federal poverty level. 4) Increase MO HealthNet allowable Asset Level to $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a couple. 5) Retain the Property Tax Credit known as the “Circuit Breaker”.
The Missouri Coalition for Quality Care supports these priorities. We encourage you to contact your Representatives and Senators to support the passage of these issues.
Missouri Coalition for Quality Care supports this legislation and we encourage you to contact your local representative asking them to support this legislation.
H.R.5373 : Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act of 2014 Sponsor:Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 7/31/2014) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 8/1/2014 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health
This bill would require all nursing homes receiving Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement to have a registered nurse (RN) on duty twenty four (24) hours per day, seven days a week.
Under current federal law, nursing homes are only required to have a RN eight (8) hours each day regardless of the facility size, no matter how many residents they have or how sick they are.
Please contact your Representative concerning this proposed pending legislation. Links for House and Senate are below to help find your Representative.