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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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  • In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

    House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” the […]

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  • How The GOP Bill Could Change Health Care, In 8 Charts

    After years of trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Republicans finally got their chance with the election of President Trump. The House GOP made haste coming up with a bill, releasing the American Health Care Act on March 6. It’s a partial repeal of Obamacare — it includes substantial changes […]

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  • 5 ways the House GOP Obamacare bill would affect Missourians

    When House Republicans unveiled their Obamacare replacement plan last week, it unleashed a fierce partisan debate in Washington. Republicans say their proposal would “rescue” Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act, which they have blasted as a one-size-fits-all law that forced consumers to purchase expensive insurance plans they didn’t necessarily need and often could not […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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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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