Research on health care in Missouri

Join Us

Find out more about health care in Missouri

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.


Most Recent

  • Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured but Save $337 Billion, Report Says

    The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026, while slicing $337 billion off federal budget deficits over that time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Republicans had been bracing for what was almost certain to be a bleak […]

    Read More
  • Missouri hospitals could lose billions with ACA repeal, report says

    A recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association shows the state’s hospitals could lose more than $9 billion over the next decade if certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act are repealed. The report, titled “Realities of Repeal,” breaks down by U.S. House district the loss of payments to hospitals if Title III of the […]

    Read More
  • Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal

    Commuting past the barren winter fields in northern Illinois, Cathie Chapman worries about the future. More than a year ago, she lost her job at a nearby rural hospital after it closed and, as Republicans work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, wonders whether she’ll soon be out of work again. “Many of my friends […]

    Read More
  • A boy who can’t speak depends on Medicaid. What happens to him if it’s cut?

    When Kim and Rich Rankin decided to adopt, they figured they would bring home an older child. They were almost finished raising seven children, and thought they were done with babies. Then they saw a photo of “Baby S,” with his soft eyes and round cheeks. Rich suggested putting it on the fridge. “We’re going […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More