What’s Happening Report: August 26, 2019

If we were having coffee, I would talk with you about what is and is not an emergency in Missouri.

I consider a single child being killed by gun violence an emergency. Unfortunately, over the past several months, we have seen 13 deaths in St. Louis and several in Kansas City as well, just this summer. The lives of our children should be a priority.

As of July 31, over 100,000 fewer children have Medicaid coverage than in January of 2018. Children not being able to get maintenance medication and back-to-school physicals is an emergency in Missouri that we need to address.

What is not an emergency? Giving a tax break to people buying cars. However, the Governor has called a special session during the week of September 9 to deal with this issue. I consider this special session call, combined with the Governor’s apparent lack of concern for Missouri’s children, a slap in the face to all Missourians.

I continue to work on the problem of the drops to Medicaid coverage. There have been numerous reports that the first thing a parent hears about the process is a letter saying their child has been terminated from Medicaid. I met with the Department and legislators last week to understand why so many people are being dropped from Medicaid. They say that the most frequent drops are because people are not returning the paperwork.

If many parents are saying they don’t receive the paperwork, they are worth listening to. The Legislature must hold a hearing to determine the cause of these drops.

Let me tell you about some of the other things I have been doing over the past month.

I have been added to the Health committee and to the Subcommittee on Healthcare Reform. We are learning some interesting things about healthcare in Missouri. I am hopeful that this subcommittee will make some positive changes for Missourians.

The Joint Committee on Public Assistance will meet this Wednesday to discuss what public assistance programs to focus on.

I was accepted to the Center for Advanced Leadership Skills training program, which will take place in October. I look forward to learning more about how I can be a better leader.

We have begun planning for Make a Difference Day in Shrewsbury/Webster Groves on October 26. This is a day of good deeds, when neighbors are encouraged to volunteer to help their neighborhood. Make a Difference Day is held the fourth Saturday in October. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this year’s event or in participating, please e-mail me.

I have been asked about a response to my letter to our Congressional delegation about immigration detention. As of this writing, I have not received a response from either Rep. Wagner, Sen. Blunt or Sen. Hawley.
RealID Update
RealID compliant drivers and nondrivers licenses are now available with properdocumentationYou can go to the DMV and request a replacement for yourcurrent license with the Real ID for a $5 processing fee. If you renew yourlicense at the time of the request you will be charged the renewal fee. You need a RealID compliant Identification Card to board an airplane and enter federal buildings; Missouri issued Identification Cards (including drivers’ licenses) will be accepted in lieu of RealID until October 1, 2020. For more information about RealID, go to dor.mo.gov/drivers/real-id-information/.
Capitol Construction
The Missouri Capitol will be under construction for the next two years. Many streets around the Capitol are closed, with signs directing an alternate route. The Capitol Dome is also closed. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.
Even though I will not be in Jefferson City regularly, you are welcome to stop by my office if you are there. If you have an issue to talk with me about, it is best to make an appointment through my assistant, Nancy, at 573-751-1285.

I enjoy opportunities to meet with people in the community and participate in local events. It’s one of the best parts of my job!
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!