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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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  • Make Medicaid Work Better

    “Thirty-one states — 11 led by Republicans — have accepted Obamacare funding to extend Medicaid to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line (about $16,400 for an individual). As a result, at least 10 million Americans have insurance who would lose it without the expansion. “Most of these beneficiaries say they’re […]

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  • Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care

    The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes where parents are addicted, […]

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  • Drug Prices, Not The Health Law, Top Voters’ Health Priorities For 2017

    Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election. In fact, fixing what ails the Affordable Care Act isn’t even among voters’ top priorities for health issues for next year, according to a new poll. The […]

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  • Medicaid Expansion, ACA Reform and PDMP Databases Take Center Stage At Political Events

    Two weeks out from the Nov. 8 election, health care — and whether Missouri should expand Medicaid as part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — was the focus of two political discussions in Springfield. Local legislative candidates and candidates for lieutenant governor weighed in on whether the state should accept federal funds to extend health insurance coverage during […]

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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. Nationally, approximately 46 percent of individuals ages six months and older receive a flu vaccine. […]

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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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