Day two of the 2016 Missouri legislative session began with a strong sentiment of support for health care and mental health research.
Wrap: In U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's speech he talked about the great price different health related issues are costing tax payers.
Blunt talked about his involvement in a pilot program to come up with a proposal to treat mental health like all other health issues.
The program is an effort to make our health care system more cost-efficient and effective.
|Description: You save more money in dealing with other health problems of people with a mental health problem than you spend dealing with the mental health problem, so in the context of the same dollars...(applause)...the context of the same dollars you actually save money by doing the right thing.|
Missouri is currently an applicant to be one of the eight pilot states for the program.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt spoke about Missouri's prominent and growing role in agriculture in 2016.
Wrap: In his speech to the Missouri House, Senator Blunt said he expects the next couple of years to be tough for U.S. agriculture and food processing.
He said its increasingly important that Missouri be efficient as an agricultural production center because of the state's advantages.
|Description: We have more plant scientists in our state than probably anywhere else in the world, we have more ag research institutions both public and private, and we have the way to get what we do both processed and unprocessed to other people. food processing, manufacturing all of those things can benefit if we do our job the right way.|
If left up to the U.S. government he said the doubling of our utility bills in the next 10 or 12 years would only hurt those who need help the most.
Missouri's U.S. Senator Roy Blunt suggests there are better alternatives to family planning and women's services.
Wrap: Senator Blunt's comments came during a news conference in Jefferson City after a U.S. House vote to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Blunt said there are better ways to provide women's services than through Planned Parenthood.
He said other health care providers offer the same kinds of services as Planned Parenthood:
|Description: There are a whole lot more health centers that provide women's services with the same federal support than there are planned parenthood and what the people on the other side is always divert that issue to another discussion.|
Blunt said that Federal health care funding should be a matter of getting the best possible health care to people in as many ways as possible.