100th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Cora Faith Walker
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Health and Mental Health Policy, Ranking Minority Member
Subcommittee on Appropriations - Health, Mental Health, and Social Services
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Representative Cora Faith Walker, a Democrat, represents part of North St. Louis County (District 74) in the Missouri House of Representatives and was elected to her first term as a State Representative in November 2016. Representative Walker is a licensed attorney who has extensive experience with working on crucial issues such as Medicaid expansion and health reform and came to the legislature with a reputation as an expert in the field of health law and public policy.
As a legislator, Representative Walker is committed to fighting for justice and equity in the areas of health, early childhood education and development, criminal justice, and jobs and the economy. She has been able to advance her work not only through legislation she has filed, but also through her service as a member of the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee and the House Children and Families Committee. Both committees play vital roles in addressing the issues that Representative Walker has championed in the committee process and on the floor of the House. Representative Walker is also a member of the House Administration and Accounts Committee, the Joint Committee on Life Sciences, and the MOHealthNet Oversight Committee.
In addition to her work as a legislator, Representative Walker is actively involved in her community and serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including Nurses for Newborns, St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, University City Children's Center/LUME Institute, and Civic Arts Company. Representative Walker also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and was selected as a 2017-2018 FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellow.
Representative Walker earned her Bachelors of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also attended graduate school and earned her Master of Public Health as part of the inaugural MPH class at the Brown School of Social Work. She received her Juris Doctorate and Health Law Certificate from the St. Louis University School of Law.
Representative Walker is the youngest daughter of a disabled combat veteran and a public school teacher and provides a wealth of support for her immediate and extended family. She and her husband, Tim, currently reside in Ferguson, Missouri.
Establishes the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act
Specifies that if federal funds are not appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the General Assembly shall fund the program
Requires certain health care professionals to complete two hours of cultural competency training as a condition of licensure
Establishes the Mo HealthNet Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities Program
Requires certain public schools to offer breakfast after the bell
Requires teacher-training institutions in this state receiving state funds to require students to demonstrate proficiency on the concepts of trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions
Modifies provisions relating to the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act
Authorizes a tax credit for certain contraception costs
Creates the Missouri Premium Security Plan
Creates the "Evidence-Based Policy Making Commission"
Establishes additional provisions relating to forensic examinations performed on victims of sexual offenses
Prohibits the prosecution of minor children for prostitution