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  • Support Rural Health In Missouri

    Nearly 40% of Missouri residents live in rural areas. This year, Governor Parson announced a rural agenda that would improve access to health care in rural parts of the state.  More than 40 Missouri hospitals adopted resolutions in support of Governor Parson’s rural agenda. Join them in support by signing this petition. Hospitals That Adopted […]

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  • Missouri Hospitals Benefit Their Communities

    Missouri’s hospitals invest in their communities in various ways. One of the most important is hospitals’ role in providing a safety net for individuals who need medical services but can’t afford their care. However, this is not the only contribution hospitals make to improve individual and community health. Hospitals invest in services and programs — […]

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  • The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri

    The fastest growing drug problem across the U.S. and Missouri is the misuse and abuse of opioid-based pain relievers. In 2017, more than 47,500 Americans died from an opioid-related overdose. This marked a 165 percent increase since 2008 — more than double in a decade. In 2017, there were 954 deaths from motor vehicle accidents […]

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  • Rural Health In Missouri – Opportunities for Improvement

    In December 2018, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson held a rural health summit to address a number of issues that matter to rural Missourians. These issues – along with potential solutions – are explored by the Missouri Hospital Association through their #ReimagineRuralHealth initiative. Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services An estimated one in five young people in the U.S. are […]

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  • Your Vote Matters

    Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Will you make your voice heard and strengthen the health care system in Missouri? Your voice matters, and your vote matters. Check your registration status here. More frequently asked questions: How do I vote? What do I bring to the polls? Where is my polling place? What candidates and […]

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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Sam Graves

    Congress Must Stop The Rural Hospital Closure Crisis We have a crisis in rural health care. In my district, which consists of mostly rural areas, we’ve seen several hospitals close or reduce services. Others are doing everything they can to keep the doors open. However, the problem certainly isn’t limited to north Missouri. We are […]

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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II

    MHA invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. Fully addressing positive health outcomes requires concerted focus on access to and affordability of care, social factors contributing to well-being, prevention and intervention education, and quality research. Our nation has complex challenges that must be addressed by looking […]

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  • Congressional Column: Sen. Claire McCaskill

    The Missouri Hospital Association invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. The first column submitted is from Sen. Claire McCaskill. Twelve percent. That’s the average annual price increase for the top 20 most prescribed brand name drugs for seniors, based on a report I released through […]

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  • Throughout the past 16 years, the list of states with more deaths caused by drug overdoses than motor vehicles has grown from four to 39. In 2010, motor vehicle- and drug-induced deaths in Missouri crossed a deadly intersection — drug deaths exceeded traffic fatalities. Opioid-related deaths account for nearly 70 percent of drug overdose deaths in […]

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  • The Economic Cost of the Opioid Epidemic in Missouri

    New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute found the following: The total economic cost of the opioid epidemic in Missouri was $12.6 billion in 2016. This was 4.2 percent of the state’s total GDP of nearly $300 billion in 2016, ranking 15th highest among 50 states and the District of Columbia. This was 1.3 times the […]

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