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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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  • Missouri Hospitals Provided $1.26 Billion In Uncompensated Care and Nearly $3 Billion In Community Benefit In 2016

    In 2016, hospitals provided $37 million more in uncompensated care than in 2015, with the growth in cost primarily in charity care provided to Missouri’s most vulnerable. Overall, hospitals’ community-supporting financial contributions increased by $250 million during the same period. The Missouri Hospital Association’s annual Community Investment Report includes core community benefit and economic impact […]

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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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  • Missouri Hospital Heroes

    There are more than 150,000 hospital heroes throughout Missouri’s hospitals. The heroes highlighted in the hall of the fame on were nominated by a patient, patient’s family member or colleague, and have been recognized as a featured hospital hero. Watch their inspirational videos. Dorreen, R.N., Supportive Care Coordinator at Boone Hospital Center Allison, R.N., NICU nurse, […]

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  • Senate Health Bill In Peril As C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured

    The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was edging toward collapse on Monday after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026. Two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Monday that they would vote […]

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  • Hospital Groups Slam Health Care Bill Released By Senate

    Hospitals panned the Senate’s latest health reform efforts on Thursday, blasting the chamber’s newly released draft legislation as a draconian and devastating contraction of funds that support health care for low-income Americans and children. Every major hospital association criticized the draft, including the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, and America’s Essential Hospitals. […]

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  • 1.2 Million Missourians With Preexisting Conditions Face Uncertainty Under American Health Care Act

    Research released today finds that 1.2 million Missourians were diagnosed in a hospital with at least one condition that could lead them to be priced out of the individual insurance market under the provisions of the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. While the Senate is […]

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  • Missouri Hospital Association Study: GOP Health Bill Shorts State On Medicaid

    A Missouri Hospital Association study of the American Health Care Act found that the Republican health care bill leaves Missouri and 18 other states that didn’t expand Medicaid short of federal money and continuing to feel the strain of uncompensated care. David Dillon, vice president of public and media relations for the hospital association, said […]

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  • For Rural Hospitals Already On The Brink, GOP’s Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Hard

    For the hundreds of rural hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington D.C. this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer and […]

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  • As Senate Mulls A Health Care Overhaul, Area Patients Take Stock Of What Coverage Changes Could Mean

    A Republican proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now the U.S. Senate is crafting its own bill to reshape the nation’s health care system. Elected officials have held few town halls to hear from constituents in the St. Louis area about what they want in a […]

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