VOYCE works to improve the quality of long-term care for all Missourians through our systemic advocacy. We seek to be a catalyst for change by lifting the voices of vulnerable long-term care residents and ensuring they have a seat at the table of legislative decisions.  VOYCE’s Mission, Vision, and Values guide our legislative priorities. VOYCE believes that we can promote quality living across the long-term care continuum when we all come together.

We’ve provided updates on bills that we are following in both the Missouri House of Representatives and the Senate.

House Bills


HB 759

Sponsor: Ed Lewis (R-06)

Summary: Provides liability immunity to long-term care facility providers for harm to residents during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Liability immunity will weaken oversight and protection of long-term care residents.

HB 566

Sponsor: J. Eggleson (R-02)

Summary: Removes an employer’s ability to issue a mask-mandate for their employees. Prohibits discrimination or penalizing of employees who chose to abstain from wearing a mask.

HB 170

Sponsor: Mark Ellebracht (D-17)

Summary: Specifies that an individual may be charged with voluntary manslaughter of an older adult or person with a disability if the abuse significantly contributed to the victim’s suicide.

HB 422

Sponsor: Raychel Proudie (D-73)

Summary: Establishes a seven-year cap for reporting abuse, bullying, or neglect of an adult with a disability.

HJR 19

Sponsor: Yolanda Young (D-22)

Summary: Creates a constitutional amendment to expand voter eligibility to persons age 18+ who do not have legal guardianship of themselves.

Senate Bills


SB 42

Sponsor: Bill White (R-32) 

Summary: Provides liability immunity to long-term care facility providers for harm to residents during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Liability immunity will weaken oversight and protection of long-term care residents