Filibuster Over Hospital Tax Ends

The legislative filibuster is over. Lawmakers in the Senate have given initial approval to a hospital tax bill to help pay for Missouri’s Medicaid costs. Members of the far-right leaning Freedom Caucus spent just over 40 hours holding up the federal reimbursement allowance bill, also known as the F-R-A. It taxes Missouri hospitals to help with those expenses. Bill Eigel calls it a “good day” in the Missouri Senate…

The legislation specifically extends the expiration dates for the reimbursement allowance to September 30, 2029. Notably, because of the filibuster, the Missouri Senate have gaveled out for the week, still without passing the budget. Next Friday is the constitutional deadline to pass the budget.