For the last decade, the U.S. has made steady progress on insuring its children — specifically moving from about 10 percent of children being uninsured in 2008 to about 5% in 2016. Troublingly, that trend seemed to go in the opposite direction in 2017, according to a recent report by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families (CCF).
Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies presented Representative David Wood with the Champion of Children Award at its conference in Springfield, Missouri, November 13. Representative Wood, a Missouri House member who serves Morgan and parts of Moniteau and Miller Counties, has truly championed the causes of Missouri’s most vulnerable children during his six years in office.
Missouri’s rural areas are lagging behind their urban counterparts when it comes to health coverage – and the state’s decision to decline the federal expansion of Medicaid is a significant factor, according to a study published this month.
The Missouri House of Representatives voted to override four Governor’s budget vetoes, including two that impact child and juvenile advocacy. The House voted to restore $100,000 that would have been used to hire two full-time employees for the Office of Child Advocate, and $487,000 that would have added nine full-time employees for juvenile advocacy units in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.
The Senate adjourned without voting, so the Governor’s vetoes stood. Senator Brown said funding for Office of Child Advocate would be included in a supplemental spending budget in January and that Parson is “committed” to finding more permanent funding for the Time Critical Diagnosis program. Regarding juvenile advocacy, Missouri funded $3.2 million in salary increases to the public defender system this year and will monitor the department’s retention and caseload, Parson said in his veto letter.