The clock is ticking on the legislative session and, with a little more than two weeks to go, things do not look good for Governor Matt Blunt’s proposal to help the uninsured. The Senate has approved a version of the Insure Missouri plan, but the House does not appear willing to approve its version of the bill.
Insure Missouri was included in the Governor’s State of the State Address, and it might have been done without legislative approval, but Blunt says he had always intended for the General Assembly to at least support the effort. Blunt says an executive order which would implement Insure Missouri by bypassing the Legislature is not an option because legislative support is essential.
As for the possibility of a special legislative session to deal with Insure Missouri, Blunt says that while he is not ruling it out he is not seriously considering it.