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Several new Missouri laws begin today

Each year, the Missouri Legislature passes many bills that officially become law on August 28. 

The first policy bill signed into law this year allows qualified physical therapists to treat patients over a certain period of time without first getting a prescription or referral from a physician. 

Another new law requires health insurance companies to cover the full cost of follow-up breast exams if an initial mammogram finds potential problems. 

From now on, full Medicaid coverage will be given to low-income women while they are pregnant and for one year after the end of their pregnancy. 

Missouri will also be offering tax credits to the film and music industries soon – with some conditions. 

Another new law reimburses employers who help their workers earn short-term certificates or credentials for high-need jobs. 

It includes a component that will let Missouri high school athletes start scoring endorsement deals as soon as they sign up to play for a Missouri college or university.

A St. Louis judge has denied an attempt to freeze the state’s transgender healthcare ban for minors.  

That means the new law begins today.  

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