Legislative Update: Health Care

Subject: ‘Show Me Healthy Babies’ 

Updated April 4, 2014
Gate Way Group Contact: Dave Berry and Deanna Hemphill

The House Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities Committee advanced two versions of a measure establishing the “Show-Me Healthy Babies Program” in Missouri. Both House Bill 1065 and House Bill 1063, sponsored by Representative Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee’s Summit), would extend prenatal health coverage to low-income women by expanding the state’s Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover services for the unborn children of pregnant women. For an unborn child to be enrolled in the program, the mother must not be eligible for coverage under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, the Medicaid program, and must not have access to affordable employer-subsidized health care insurance or other affordable health care coverage that includes coverage for the unborn child. In addition, the unborn child must be in a family with income eligibility of no more than 300% of the federal poverty level, or the equivalent modified adjusted gross income, unless the income eligibility is set lower by the general assembly through appropriations.

Coverage for the unborn child enrolled in the program would continue for up to one year after birth and would include all prenatal care and pregnancy-related services that benefit the health of the unborn child and that promote healthy labor, delivery, and birth. This translates into approximately 1,800 unborn children.

A similar piece of legislation in the  House failed to reach the Governor’s desk last year after being blocked in the Senate chamber.

House Bill 1063 passed out of Rules Committee on 3/11/14. House Bill 1065 passed out of the Rules Committee (3/6/14).

Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities Committee members:
Representative Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee’s Summit), Chair
Representative Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon), Vice Chair
Representative Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville)
Representative Elaine Gannon (R-De Soto)
Representative Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield)
Representative Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester)
Representative Sue Meredith (D-St. Louis)
Representative Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis)
Representative Jim Neely (R-Cameron)
Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis)
Representative Tim Remole (R-Excello)
Representative Jill Schupp (D-St. Louis)