Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Prosthetic parity legislation passed the MO Senate Friday with ten minutes to go till 6:00pm. It passed the house earlier in the day as an amendment to HB 577, an insurance bill. Now all it needs is an almost certain signature by Governor Jay Nixon.
The parity law enjoyed a dramatic last few days. It had been attached to the enormous health care bill SB 306, which passed the House but died in the Senate. Then on Thursday, it was stripped from HB 577 before Rep. Maria Chapelle-Nadal argued for it to be put back in. Without her persistence, this legislation never would have made it. Finally, Missouri Coalition for People with Limb Loss lobbyist Kent Gaines was able to dissuade some opposition in the final moments so the bill could pass.