SB 667
Modifies provisions relating to public funding of abortion facilities and affiliates and provisions relating to MO HealthNet providers
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LR Number:
4237S.02I
Last Action:
5/11/2022 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2022

Current Bill Summary

SS/SB 667 - Under this act, no federal act, law, executive order, administrative order, rule, or regulation shall infringe on the right of Missouri to restrict public funds, facilities, and employees from being used to perform, induce, or assist in an abortion; to encourage childbirth over abortion; to defend the religious beliefs or moral convictions of any person who or entity that does not want to be forced to directly or indirectly fund abortions; to prevent the state or its political subdivisions from being coerced, compelled, or commandeered by the federal government to enact, administer, or enforce a federal regulatory program that directly or indirectly funds abortion; or to prohibit the federal government from commanding or conscripting public officials to enforce a federal regulatory program that directly or indirectly funds abortion. Additionally, any taxpayer shall have standing to bring a cause of action in any court or administrative agency of competent jurisdiction to enforce these provisions.

Under this act, no public funds shall be expended to any abortion facility, or affiliate or associate thereof, including for MO HealthNet reimbursement.

This act modifies existing statutory language permitting any MO HealthNet participant to obtain MO HealthNet services from any provider of such services in a MO HealthNet provider agreement with the state by requiring such provider to not be disqualified or excluded from serving as a MO HealthNet provider.

This act grants the Department of Social Services or its Divisions the authority to suspend, revoke, or cancel any contract or provider agreement or refuse to enter into a new contract or provider agreement with any provider when it has been determined that the provider, or any affiliate or associate thereof, committed fraud, abuse, or unethical behavior in another state's Medicaid program and was removed from or otherwise prohibited from being a provider in that state's program.

Additionally, this act requires the Department to suspend, revoke, or cancel any contract or provider agreement or refuse to enter into a new contract or provider agreement with any provider when it is determined that the provider is not qualified to perform the required services because such provider has a conviction related to the delivery of any Medicare or state health program service; has a conviction related to the abuse or neglect of a patient; has a felony conviction related to health care fraud, theft, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary responsibility, or other financial misconduct; has a felony conviction related to the unlawful manufacture, distribution, prescription, or dispensation of a controlled substance; has been found guilty of a pattern of intentional discrimination in the delivery or non-delivery of health care services or was founded by a person who supported eugenics; or is an abortion facility or an affiliate or associate thereof.

Finally, this act prohibits reimbursement to abortion facilities, or associates or affiliates thereof, under the "Uninsured Women's Heath Program".

This act is substantially similar to provisions of HB 2 (1st Extraordinary Session 2021) and HCS/HB 1854 (2022).

SARAH HASKINS