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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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  • Disaster and Emergency Planning

    Emergencies can strike anytime. A tornado, a flood or even a terrorist attack can change lives. Missouri families, communities, businesses and schools need to take steps today to prepare for an emergency. Preparing today can save lives! Ready in 3 can help! Endorsed by the American Red Cross, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s […]

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  • Opioid Patient Education

    Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting […]

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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Sam Graves

    Congress Must Stop The Rural Hospital Closure Crisis We have a crisis in rural health care. In my district, which consists of mostly rural areas, we’ve seen several hospitals close or reduce services. Others are doing everything they can to keep the doors open. However, the problem certainly isn’t limited to north Missouri. We are […]

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  • Congressional Column: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II

    MHA invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. Fully addressing positive health outcomes requires concerted focus on access to and affordability of care, social factors contributing to well-being, prevention and intervention education, and quality research. Our nation has complex challenges that must be addressed by looking […]

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  • Congressional Column: Sen. Claire McCaskill

    The Missouri Hospital Association invited each member of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to share a column outlining their health care priorities. The first column submitted is from Sen. Claire McCaskill. Twelve percent. That’s the average annual price increase for the top 20 most prescribed brand name drugs for seniors, based on a report I released through […]

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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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