Jay Barnes

8:02 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Mo. House Committee Passes GOP Medicaid Reform Bill, Defeats Another Expansion Attempt

Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight and Accountability discusses HB 700 before voting 7-2 to pass it.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed the Republicans’ alternative to the Medicaid expansion being sought by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Medicaid expansion
1:45 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nixon Meets With Mo. House Republicans To Talk Medicaid, Says More Work Needed

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and staff members head to a meeting with House Republicans at the State Capitol on Apr. 3rd, 2013, where he discussed his plans for Medicaid expansion.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says it’s possible that he could support the House Republicans’ alternate Medicaid proposal, if some crucial changes are made.

He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system.  Nixon told reporters afterwards that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $32,500 for a family of four.

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Medicaid expansion
8:14 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Heard By Mo. House Committee

Mo. House Committee on Govt. Oversight and Accountability meeting on March 25th, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.

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Medicaid Alternative
10:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) is sponsoring the Republicans' alternative to Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.
Mo. House Communications

A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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Medicaid expansion
2:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid in Missouri. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.

First, the House subcommittee that oversees the budgets for the Departments of Health, Mental Health and Social Services voted to approve those agencies budgets without including Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) call to expand Medicaid to an additional 259,000 Missourians next yearState Representative Sue Allen (R, Town and Country) chairs that subcommittee.

“We can’t afford it…it’s not rocket science," Allen said.  "If we expand, taking federal dollars now, which I do not believe would not use some state (general revenue), even with what we’re told the feds would do now, there will be a time (when) the feds will back off.”

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Medicaid expansion
10:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

Kerry Noble, CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems, speaks in favor of HB 627, which would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.

House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

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Religious Schools, Public Funding
10:47 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes. (via Office of Representative Barnes)

A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.

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