Again, it is with great pleasure that I am able to share good, or rather, great news. I received word yesterday that HB11 had passed both chambers of the legislature and will be sent to Gov Nixon for his signature. This bill contains language that identifies PAs as Missouri Medicaid providers. This new law will help us be able to fully serve a population who is truly in need as well as will help employers feel more confident with hiring PAs knowing that PA services are recognized as reimbursable. Keep in mind, we have always been able to be reimbursed by Medicaid but under our supervising physicians which has caused confusion and hesitation by employers to employ us due to this. So this new law should eliminate that confusion!!!
This combined with the recently passed law that will change our on sight supervision requirements makes this current legislative session one to truly be celebrated. Thanks again to everyone who has helped with this process! Please pass the word about this news to anyone who may not be in the loop of all things MOAPA. And also, if anyone in your circle is not in the loop, please encourage membership as through strength of numbers is how we will continue to move forward.
There will be more information in the coming months on what the process will be to obtain a Medicaid provider number or how the whole process will unfold. We will always pass along information as it becomes available. Again, thank you for your efforts and never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.