We often write about innovative reforms on this blog, and last year, I highlighted the proposed “Volunteer Health Services Act,” or VHSA. The act would have ensured that licensed out-of-state doctors who wanted to provide Missourians with free health care could do so without unnecessary government interference. Missouri’s current licensing laws make such activities nearly impossible — keeping charitable groups such as Remote Area Medical out of the state. The VHSA, which would have reformed the law, was on track for passage until it was unexpectedly derailed in the waning days of the 2012 session.
The good news? The proposal is back. To be clear, this is a reform that allows doctors to make a difference in the lives of Missourians without unnecessary interference from state bureaucracy — and would not impose a cost on the state.
Suffice to say, I am following the trajectory of this bill with great interest and will update our readers on its progress.