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Keeping Missourians healthy
Extending health coverage to 64,000 children in Missouri
Claire voted in favor of the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act, which:
- Increased funding for the SCHIP program; and,
- Extended coverage to roughly 4 million low-income children across the country, including 64,000 kids in Missouri.
Looking after veterans’ mental health
Ever since she arrived in the U.S. Senate, Claire has prioritized improving the quality and availability of mental healthcare for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In her first term, Claire successfully:
- Removed an unnecessary legal barrier that had previously limited the availability of mental health services for veterans;
- Sought to address the dramatic increase in drug and alcohol-related arrests among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan by reforming substance abuse treatment programs in the military; and,
- Forced the Department of Defense to establish a suicide prevention program for Reservists and National Guard members.
Protecting Medicare for future generations
Claire has vowed to protect Medicare from numerous thinly veiled attempts to dismantle it. She has pledged to support reforms that will strengthen and preserve the program for future generations. Claire:
- Opposed the Republican Plan to End Medicare, voting against it in 2011 and again in 2012; and,
- Empowered the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase their ability to fight fraud – reducing the amount of money wasted on fraudulent claims and increasing the amount of money available to seniors for medical care.
Protecting children with pre-existing conditions from health insurance discrimination
Pre-existing conditions shouldn’t keep Missouri children from getting insurance coverage. So in in 2009, Claire:
- Voted in favor of legislation to prohibit health insurance companies from denying coverage to children under the age of 19 based on pre-existing medical conditions.
Helping keep nearly 40,000 of Missouri’s young adults on their parents’ health insurance plans
As a mom, Claire can relate to families who want to keep their college students and young adults on their family insurance plan. That’s why Claire voted in favor of legislation that:
- Allowed 39,667 Missouri young adults to gain health insurance coverage through their parents' health insurance plan.
Saved over 111,000 Missouri seniors money on prescription drugs
Claire voted in favor of legislation that has:
- Saved 111,815 Missouri seniors on Medicare an average of $627 per person on their prescription drugs by closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole”; and,
- Allowed Missouri seniors to save a total of $47 million on their prescription drugs in 2011 thanks to this legislation.
Provided over 430,000 Missouri women with free preventive screenings
Claire supported legislation that:
- Provided 431,945 Missouri women with free mammograms, bone density scans, and cervical cancer screenings with no co-pay.