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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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  • Hospital Groups Slam Health Care Bill Released By Senate

    Hospitals panned the Senate’s latest health reform efforts on Thursday, blasting the chamber’s newly released draft legislation as a draconian and devastating contraction of funds that support health care for low-income Americans and children. Every major hospital association criticized the draft, including the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, and America’s Essential Hospitals. […]

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  • 1.2 Million Missourians With Preexisting Conditions Face Uncertainty Under American Health Care Act

    Research released today finds that 1.2 million Missourians were diagnosed in a hospital with at least one condition that could lead them to be priced out of the individual insurance market under the provisions of the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. While the Senate is […]

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  • Missouri Hospital Association Study: GOP Health Bill Shorts State On Medicaid

    A Missouri Hospital Association study of the American Health Care Act found that the Republican health care bill leaves Missouri and 18 other states that didn’t expand Medicaid short of federal money and continuing to feel the strain of uncompensated care. David Dillon, vice president of public and media relations for the hospital association, said […]

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  • For Rural Hospitals Already On The Brink, GOP’s Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Hard

    For the hundreds of rural hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington D.C. this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer and […]

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  • As Senate Mulls A Health Care Overhaul, Area Patients Take Stock Of What Coverage Changes Could Mean

    A Republican proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now the U.S. Senate is crafting its own bill to reshape the nation’s health care system. Elected officials have held few town halls to hear from constituents in the St. Louis area about what they want in a […]

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  • House GOP Health Bill Projection: 23 Million More Uninsured

    The health care bill Republicans have pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The GOP bill would lower average premiums, but in part that would be because coverage would typically be skimpier. In a blow […]

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  • Report Finds High Vacancy Rates In Hospital Workforce

    A new report from the Missouri Hospital Association finds that the statewide vacancy rate for staff nurses — a mainstay of hospital care and the single largest category of employees — has increased to 15.9 percent. In addition, turnover for staff nurses remains high at 14.3 percent. A high nurse vacancy rate is consequential because […]

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  • Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

    The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by the Republicans’ effort in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 under President Barack Obama, and it comes at a delicate moment for the broader economy. While the government reported Friday that unemployment was at its lowest […]

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  • In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

    It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who could lose coverage through deep […]

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  • House Republicans repeal Obamacare, hurdles await in U.S. Senate

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate. The vote to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, which enabled 20 million more Americans […]

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