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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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  • Opioid Crisis’ Youngest Victims

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Increases 538 Percent Throughout Decade New Missouri-specific research finds that the growth in opioid abuse in the state parallels an alarming upward trend in newborns — neonatal abstinence syndrome. Researchers from the Hospital Industry Data Institute reviewed hospital diagnostic codes for all Missouri births between 2006 and 2016, and found a 538 […]

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  • An Uncertain Future: The Fate of the ACA, and Those Who Depend On It, Is In Limbo

    Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is steeped in policy-related what-ifs that are nearly as dizzying as the voluminous 2010 law that changed the way health insurance was delivered and paved the way for millions more Americans to gain health coverage. But for Columbians Scott Fines and Brianna […]

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  • Rural Missourians to Face Unique Challenges if ACA Repealed

    Hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order indicating that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” is imminent. A repeal could mean different things to those living in cities and those in rural areas.  To see how a repeal of the ACA could affect Missouri’s poorest and […]

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  • Court’s Ruling On Missouri Medical Liability Law Increases Health Care Costs

    The men and women who serve on the frontlines of health care do heroic work. They deliver lifesaving care with compassion and dedication. And, they serve under immense pressure. Health care workers are at risk. A 2014 court decision requires hospitals to extend their liability insurance coverage to protect themselves from lawsuits filed against nonemployees […]

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  • Hospitals Build A Healthier Missouri

    Hospitals’ community investments improve health, strengthen the economy, improve quality of life and ensure a healthy workforce.  Using the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower cost as a guide, hospitals are delivering value in communities throughout the state. The Missouri Hospital Association released their annual Community Investment Report, which outlines hospitals’ value to […]

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  • Surge In Drug-Affected Newborns Driven By Rural Opioid Use

    “A surge in U.S infants born with symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or strong prescription painkillers is driven largely by rising drug use among women in rural areas, a new study found. The problem in urban and rural areas was about the same in 2004 — about 1 in 1,000 births were affected. But by […]

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  • Make Medicaid Work Better

    “Thirty-one states — 11 led by Republicans — have accepted Obamacare funding to extend Medicaid to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line (about $16,400 for an individual). As a result, at least 10 million Americans have insurance who would lose it without the expansion. “Most of these beneficiaries say they’re […]

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  • Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care

    The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes where parents are addicted, […]

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  • Drug Prices, Not The Health Law, Top Voters’ Health Priorities For 2017

    Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election. In fact, fixing what ails the Affordable Care Act isn’t even among voters’ top priorities for health issues for next year, according to a new poll. The […]

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  • Medicaid Expansion, ACA Reform and PDMP Databases Take Center Stage At Political Events

    Two weeks out from the Nov. 8 election, health care — and whether Missouri should expand Medicaid as part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — was the focus of two political discussions in Springfield. Local legislative candidates and candidates for lieutenant governor weighed in on whether the state should accept federal funds to extend health insurance coverage during […]

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