Missouri Legislative Priorities

During Missouri’s 2011 Legislative Session, the American Lung Association in Missouri assisted in expanding funding for the Medicaid population to cover smoking cessation pharmaceuticals and counseling services.  The state health care plan also offers full cessation coverage for state employees. 

  • Comprehensive Smokefree Statewide Law
    In 2012, the American Lung Association in Missouri will work with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders to advocate for a comprehensive, statewide clean indoor air law to protect all citizens of the state from exposure to secondhand smoke.  We will continue to work with local coalitions to expand the number of smokefree ordinances in communities across Missouri, and maintain local communities’ authority to pass clean indoor air policies without state restrictions.
     
  • Increase Tobacco Tax
    The American Lung Association will collaborate with statewide health partners to increase the tax on tobacco and use the revenue to increase funding for comprehensive tobacco control and prevention programs, improve asthma prevention and control, adopt a state plan for COPD, as well as reduce the state deficit.
     
  • Tobacco Control in Missouri
    • Statewide comprehensive smokefree coverage in all public places by 2013
    • Missouri received 2nd place for most new smokefree communities in 2010: 26 cities and 1 county with smokefree workplaces.
    •  Smoking cessation coverage is available to the full MO HealthNet population.
    • Educate policy makers on importance of funding tobacco prevention and education to the CDC recommended levels.
    • Attempts to pre-empt local control were defeated throughout the 2011 session.
    • Collaboration with health partners and other stakeholders to develop a tobacco tax campaign to increase the tobacco tax in 2012.
       
  • Asthma in Missouri Schools
    Collaboration with health partners, coalitions and the department of health and senior services to study the burden of asthma in children and adults and develop policies to reduce the burden on the disease.

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