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  • Koster, Greitens Offer Different Paths On Lowering Healthcare Costs

    The two major candidates running to replace Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in January are divided over how to handle rising healthcare costs in the state. Tens of thousands of Missourians still do not have access to health insurance. The Democratic nominee for governor, Chris Koster, wants to expand Medicaid. However, Republican nominee Eric Greitens warns […]

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  • Missouri Newspaper Endorsements for Gubernatorial Race

    As the Nov. 8 election nears, Missouri newspapers will endorse candidates for office. A summation of the endorsements made for the gubernatorial race is below.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch: For Missouri governor, Koster’s experience gives him the edge “Koster is by far the better-prepared candidate. He served 10 years as a county prosecutor, four years in […]

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  • As Medicaid Loses Stigma, Election May Cloud Its Future

    Medicaid, often stigmatized among government health care programs, is finally coming into its own. The federal-state program for low-income people has been scarcely debated in the turbulent presidential election, but it faces real consequences depending on who wins the White House in the Nov. 8 vote. Under President Barack Obama, Medicaid has expanded to cover […]

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  • Flu Season Facts

    Flu season is here. Get informed on flu season facts and get your flu shot before it’s too late! Influenza activity generally begins to increase in October and peaks between December and March. Long flu seasons can last through May. More than 116 million doses of the influenza vaccine have been shipped to health care […]

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  • Governor Candidates On The Issues

    Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens will face off Nov. 8 in Missouri’s gubernatorial election. The Associated Press asked the candidates about several high-profile state revenue and spending issues. Here’s how they responded: Financial issues Do you believe Missouri needs to raise more money for highway maintenance and […]

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  • Voter ID, Campaign Contribution Limits Among Issues On Missouri Ballot

    Missourians will face a crowded ballot when they go to the polls in November, with voters deciding the fate of five proposed constitutional amendments. In addition to casting a vote for president, U.S. Senate, governor and a host of other elected offices up and down the ballot, voters will also answer the following questions: Should […]

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  • Tobacco Tax Hike Proposal Stays On Missouri Ballot

    Voters will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 60 cents, after the Missouri Supreme Court dismissed claims that the initiative was unconstitutional in a 7-0 ruling Tuesday. The ruling marks the end of a long battle involving multiple lawsuits aimed at keeping […]

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  • Uninsured Rates Fall In Missouri, But Expansion States Are Dropping Faster

    The uninsured rates in Missouri continue to drop. But they’re declining faster in states that have expanded Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. New data out Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Missouri’s uninsured rate dropped from 13 percent to 9.8 percent. This means that approximately […]

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  • Health Care Law Works Better In States That Support It

    As insurers exit Obamacare marketplaces across the country, critics of the Affordable Care Act have redoubled claims that the health law isn’t working. Yet these same critics, many of them Republican politicians in red states, took steps over the past several years to undermine the 2010 law and fuel the turmoil in their insurance markets. […]

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  • Missouri’s Opioid Crisis

    According to Kaiser Health News, about 30,000 people die annually from opioid overdose — overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl. Nearly 1,000 of those deaths occur each year in Kansas and Missouri. Throughout the last decade, abuse of opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine, has skyrocketed 137 […]

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