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05/31/21 - Missouri Mondays - Honor their sacrifice this Memorial Day and take action!



On this Memorial Day let us pause to remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives serving our country. The National WWI Museum and Memorial is offering the following events:

  • Flags of Forgotten Soldiers display and Allied Expeditionary Force Flag display, through May 31

  • Public ceremony with keynote address from Lt. Col. Eric Jacobson, 10 a.m. May 31

  • Bell Tolling Ceremony, noon May 31

  • Walk of Honor brick dedication, 2 p.m. May 31

  • Admission to the WWI museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) is free May 28-31 for veterans and active-duty military personnel and half-price for others. Visit online at theworldwar.org.

ACTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK!

CALL OR WRITE GOV. PARSON TO VETO HCS HB 349! NO PUBLIC DOLLARS FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS!

The Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program (HCS HB 349):

Allows tax deductible donations to organizations that would pay for costs like private school tuition, tutoring, home schooling costs, transportation and more. CALL OR WRITE GOV. PARSON NOW! This bill would create one of the least regulated voucher programs in the country.

If signed into law HCS HB 349:

  • DOES NOT protect students with disabilities. Ironically, one category of student permitted to apply for scholarship funds is a student with a disability, but the bill excludes persons with a disability from the list of those protected under the bill. In addition, a disability that would prevent a student from taking a required class would disqualify that student. Also, incredibly, students with a disability MUST WAIVE THEIR LEGAL RIGHT TO SERVICES THEY MAY NEED. If they do not receive needed resources, they then have no legal recourse to pursue those services.

  • Allows unaccredited schools to receive scholarship funds; schools are NOT required to be accredited.

  • DOES NOT require background checks for employees of these private schools.

  • DOES NOT require following basic health and safety measures.

  • DOES NOT require visits from state authorities.

  • DOES NOT require MAP test; Although the bill requires testing, the MAP test is not required, making it impossible to compare data with public schools.

  • Could divert up to $500 million from public schools over the next 10 years.

Gov. Parson Office: (573) 751-3222

Email: https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us

Office of Governor Michael L. Parson P.O. Box 720 Jefferson City, MO 65102

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TELL GOVERNOR PARSON WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT HIS LIES ABOUT EXPANDING MEDICAID AND TURNING HIS BACK ON MORE THAN 275,000 MISSOURIANS WHO STRUGGLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE!

Despite promising Missourians that he would uphold the will of voters, on May 13th, Governor Parson made the cowardly announcement that he is denying Medicaid Expansion eligibility set to go up on July 1st and ignoring the constitutional mandate approved by the people!

Missourians voted to expand our Medicaid program because we believe that no matter our race, zip code, or income, we all deserve health care when we’re sick – without going bankrupt. Governor Parson promised health coverage to more than 275,000 but lied and turned his back on them so TELL GOV. PARSON WHAT YOU THINK HERE: https://www.mojwj.org/action/act-now-gov-parson-lies-turns-back-on-275000-missourians/

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TELL GOV. PARSON TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION TO PASS THE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT ALLOWANCE (FRA) TAX TO PREVENT MEDICAID PROGRAM FUNDING DISASTER!

The Republican majority legislature adjourned May 14 without passing the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA), a tax paid by hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacies that brings in $2.3 billion per year for Missouri’s Medicaid program. Like other states, Missouri has a voluntary tax on hospitals, nursing homes and other medical providers to help pay for medical insurance for low-income residents. The FRA paid nearly 80% of the Medicaid program last year. Republican Sens. Paul Wieland of Imperial and Bob Onder of Lake Saint Louis prevented passage of the FRA tax in an attempt to block the use of Medicaid dollars for contraceptive purposes or Planned Parenthood.

Last week Kirk Mathews, the acting head of MO HealthNet, Missouri’s Medicaid program, warned of disaster for his agency if Missouri lawmakers don’t renew the FRA. He said “the lack of the tax could result in a massive meltdown in services to low-income enrollees and said the existence of the program will be threatened by the end of the year. “I cannot overstate the impact, the importance of that.”

In addition to potentially having to reduce medical provider reimbursements it could affect the department’s ability to meet payroll. “It is crippling. The absence of the (tax) by the end of December would make it challenging to even pay our employees.” StLouis PostDispatch May 26 2021

Gov. Parson Office: (573) 751-3222

Email: https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us

Office of Governor Michael L. Parson P.O. Box 720 Jefferson City, MO 65102




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Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun May 30 The New York Times

  • 34% of Missourians are fully vaccinated

  • 42% have received at least one dose.

Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri


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