Missouri and Kansas legislatures wrapped up their 2019 sessions at the end of May. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. MO Child Protection Bill Passed (Win!)
    In Missouri,  Senate Substitute of HB 397, a child protection bill, was approved by both the house and the senate. The bill includes 12 different proposals that address child care facilities, child fatality review, child support enforcement and human trafficking. The same is true of “Fix the Glitch,” which allows youth exiting foster care from other states to continue to have their Medicaid coverage in Missouri up to age 26. Governor Mike Parson has until June 14 to sign or veto the bill.

  2. SNAP Work Requirements (Win!)
    In Missouri, child and family advocates successfully defended against work requirements proposed for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid recipients.

  3. MO Remains the Only State without a PDMP (Loss)
    The legislature was unable to pass a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), which is thought to be a good tool to combat the prescription drug abuse. Missouri is the only state without such a program.

  4. States Prepare for Family First Prevention Services Act (Win!)
    Action by the Kansas legislature signed into law by Governor Laura Kelly amends the Kansas code for children to provide requirements for placement of children in a qualified residential treatment program. This enables the state to meet requirements of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Both Kansas and Missouri are working towards implementation of FFPSA by October 1, allowing for a match of federal funds for certain programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect, keeping children out of foster care and safely in their homes.

  5. Medicaid Expansion Fails (Loss)
    Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas, which would have made 130,000 children and adults eligible for health care coverage were unsuccessful.

The Kansas legislature will reconvene on January 13, 2020. Missouri’s has yet to set it start date.

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