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The policy decisions made in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., affect the health care delivered in your community.  Missouri Health Matters offers both original research and links to the best outside sources to help shape the conversation about health care in your community and statewide.

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  • Rural Health Care: Its Effect on Rural Communities

    The U.S. health care environment is undergoing profound change as it evolves into an industry that emphasizes better access, lower costs and higher quality. Making the health care environment more dynamic, seniors comprise the largest and fastest growing segment in the U.S. population, in a trend known as the “Silver Tsunami.” As the demand for […]

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  • Alarming Trends In Hospital Utilization For Opioid Overuse in Missouri

    According to a recent national study, inpatient hospitalizations for opioid overuse among adults in the U.S. have increased 153 percent throughout the last 20 years. Missouri has not been shielded from these national trends. Many commonly-prescribed pain medications are within a family of analgesic opioids, which include oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine. Because opioids can produce […]

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  • King v. Burwell: What’s At Stake For Missouri?

    King v. Burwell is a federal lawsuit challenging U.S. Treasury regulation, 26 C.F.R. § 1.36B-2(a)(1), issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The challenger, King, argues that the ACA only allows for health insurance premium subsidies on state-run exchanges, and that the regulation as implemented by the IRS — providing for subsidies on both state and […]

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  • HIDI HealthStats: Asthma In Missouri

    Hospital Utilization for Pediatric Asthma in Missouri With 6.8 million annual visits nationally, respiratory system disorders are second only to injury and poisoning as the primary cause of pediatric emergency department visits. Asthma is an ambulatory care treatable condition that accounts for more than 1 in 4 hospitalizations that originate in the ED for children […]

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  • The Issues

    Let’s Talk About Medicaid More than 1,000 organizations, which represent more than 1 million Missourians, sent a letter to the Missouri General Assembly encouraging a discussion about Medicaid reform and expansion in 2015.  PDF Download – Why Medicaid Reform Matters Break the Cycle: Address the Problem of Missouri’s Uninsured More than 45 percent of uninsured Missouri adults […]

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  • HIDI HealthStats: Hospital Super-Utilizers and the Importance of Transitions of Care in Missouri

    The disproportionate concentration of health care consumption and expenditures among a small portion of the population is a well-documented facet of the health system in the U.S. The top 1 percent of the population consistently consumes more than one-fifth of health care resources, the top 5 percent account for half of all spending and half […]

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  • Understanding Medicaid Eligibility

    Currently, Missouri parents must make less than 19% of the federal poverty level (FPL), or about $3,027 a year to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri. Medicaid reform would extend eligibility to adults who earn less than 138% FPL, or about $15,856 a year. The graphics below explain Missouri Medicaid eligibility. 

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  • Sign Our Petition

    Missouri lawmakers have the opportunity to reform the Medicaid program this year and find Missouri solutions to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid, promote personal responsibility and ensure quality of care while providing access to coverage for hardworking Missourians. Let your voice be heard – Sign our petition to encourage lawmakers to take action […]

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  • Town Hall

    Tues. Feb. 24th Telephone Town Hall Join Missouri Health Matters for a telephone town hall on Tuesday, February 24th, at 6:30PM CT. We will give updates on the progress of Missouri Medicaid Reform, and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the expert panel. Register for the event here. If you have any […]

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  • Closing Missouri’s Coverage Gap

    What is Missouri’s coverage gap? Who falls into the coverage gap? Below, Missouri Health Care for All and the Missouri Medicaid Coalition provide information on the coverage gap and share stories about Missourians who fall into the gap. Approximately 300,000 of our friends, neighbors and family members would benefit from Medicaid reform– making Missouri’s neighborhoods, […]

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