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  • House GOP Health Bill Projection: 23 Million More Uninsured

    The health care bill Republicans have pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The GOP bill would lower average premiums, but in part that would be because coverage would typically be skimpier. In a blow […]

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  • Report Finds High Vacancy Rates In Hospital Workforce

    A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association finds that the statewide vacancy rate for staff nurses — a mainstay of hospital care and the single largest category of employees — has increased to 15.9 percent. In addition, turnover for staff nurses remains high at 14.3 percent. A high nurse vacancy rate is consequential because […]

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  • Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

    The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by the Republicans’ effort in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 under President Barack Obama, and it comes at a delicate moment for the broader economy. While the government reported Friday that unemployment was at its lowest […]

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  • In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

    It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who could lose coverage through deep […]

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  • House Republicans repeal Obamacare, hurdles await in U.S. Senate

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate. The vote to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, which enabled 20 million more Americans […]

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  • GOP Health Bill Could Expose People With Pre-Existing Conditions to ‘Whims’ of State Legislatures

    Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines is sitting on his family’s couch flipping through a picture book of emergency vehicles. He’s looking for the motorcycle, but first he stops on the page with an airplane. “That’s an air ambulance,” his father Scott Fines tells him, “you’ve been on one of those.”     When Ryan was born […]

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  • Jimmy Kimmel makes a very personal case for protecting coverage for preexisting conditions

    Fighting back tears, comedian Jimmy Kimmel opened his Monday night show by talking about the recent birth of his son Billy — and how an alert nurse detected a heart defect in the baby just hours after birth. After emergency consultations, a team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles carried out a delicate surgery to save the newborn. And since the personal is […]

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  • What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win Over the Freedom Caucus

    A month after pulling their health care overhaul bill from the floor, House Republicans are growing increasingly confident that they may have found a way to pass it. An amendment drafted by Tom MacArthur, a New Jersey congressman, would keep much of the American Health Care Act in place. But it would set up a […]

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  • House GOP members are floating a new health plan. Here’s what’s in it.

    House Republicans are floating a new amendment to their health care bill — one that would likely cause even more Americans to lose coverage than the last version.  Leaders of the staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus and the more moderate Tuesday Group have reportedly hashed out a proposal that would let some states ditch key Obamacare […]

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  • Drug Deaths Increase Among Middle-Aged, White Missourians

    New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute finds that drugs caused more than three-quarters of the increase in the overall mortality rates for Missouri white males since 1999. In 2015, populationwide, white males ages 25 to 55 had a drug-induced death rate 43 percent higher than the expected rate, while non-white males had a […]

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