Missouri was active in the 2018 legislative session and passed several bills aimed at lowering healthcare costs by reducing prescription prices and improving their state insurance exchange. Governor Eric Greitens signed SB 982 which protects emergency room patients from facing surprise medical bills. HB 1617 will expand access to telehealth services for Medicaid enrollees and clarify the Medicaid payment policy for telehealth services. The bill specifies that the Medicaid program will reimburse providers for telehealth services if the providers can ensure that the services meet the same standard of care as those provided in person. Additionally, SB 826 modifies certain healthcare provisions, including allowing pharmacists to prescribe generically equivalent drugs and inform consumers of lower costs.
In the 2017 legislative session, Missouri introduced, but did not pass legislation that requires greater price transparency. In addition, Missouri has collected inpatient and outpatient charge and utilization data since 1993, although there is no consumer website available to facilitate comparisons between providers and facilities.
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