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2015 Legislative Session – Bills Truly Agreed to and Passed

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: Reinstates caps on non-economic damages in malpractice lawsuits against health care providers, which had been struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2012. Signed by Nixon. SB239.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Cuts the maximum number of weeks of unemployment benefits that people can receive from 20 to as low as 13, depending on the unemployment rate in the state. Vetoed by Nixon. HB150.

UNION FEES: Bars workplace contracts that require union fees to be collected from all employees, including those who aren’t union members. Nixon has said he will veto the right-to-work bill. HB116.

WELFARE BENEFITS: Reduces the time that low-income people can receive cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from five years to three years and nine months. Passed by overriding Nixon’s veto. SB24.

MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON PROGRAM: Requires the Dept. of Social Services and DHSS and the Dept. of Mental Health to establish a committee to assess the continuation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program in order to support Missourians who have disabilities and those who are aging to transition for nursing facilities or habilitation centers to quality community settings. SCS HB343

HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REIMBURSEMENT ALLOWANCE TAXES: Extends the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes and modifies provisions relating to MO HealthNet and DSH payments. SB210

SENIOR SAVINGS PROTECTION ACT: New sections relating to the financial exploitation of certain elderly and disabled individuals. SB244

MENTAL HEALTH LIAISONS: Requires specified residential facilities, mental health programs, and mental health facilities to disclose information and confidential records to DMH designated community mental health liaisons for the purpose of care and service coordination. SB426