Breast Cancer in Missouri

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that many women will survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Although mammograms are readily available at many clinics and hospitals throughout the state, too many women do not have access to this basic health screening because they lack health insurance. Here’s a snapshot of breast cancer in the state.

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Children’s Health

More than 215,000 Missouri children visited a hospital emergency room 361,000 times in 2013. For children with only one ED visit, roughly 55% were classified as potentially avoidable. A new report from the Hospital Industry Data Institute highlights the status of children’s health in Missouri.

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$1 Billion Lost

In a matter of six months, Missouri has lost $1 billion in 2014 because of inaction on Medicaid reform. At this rate, Missouri will lose $2 billion in federal funds by the end of the year. These videos tell stories of Missourians caught in the coverage gap and explain why there is such a great need for Medicaid reform in Missouri. Write a note to your Missouri lawmakers and let them know Medicaid reform needs to be one of the first bills passed in 2015. 

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Primary Care Physicians: Rural and Urban Disparities in Missouri

Missouri’s primary care system is at a crossroads. This report prepared by the Missouri Hospital Association outlines the demands on the primary care workforce, and a shortage that will increase through time, specifically in rural areas of the state.

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Missouri Health Matters

Without Medicaid reform, Missouri will continue to lose billions in federal funding to strengthen the state’s health care system and bring access to health insurance to hundreds of thousands of Missourians.

Since Jan. 1, inaction has cost Missouri:


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