Healthcare reform was on the agenda in Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2013 state of the state address as he called upon lawmakers to broaden Medicaid so more Missourians would have access to healthcare. Nixon’s proposed budget includes an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program. Estimates are the plan would add nearly 260,000 lower-income adults to the healthcare program through the use of $908 million in federal funds, money that would be received by opting in to the federal Medicaid expansion. In his recent state of the state address, Nixon argued the expansion would create jobs for many Missourians and would bring increased revenue to the state.
Larry James, a candidate for a leadership role in MU's College of Education, spoke on campus Tuesday. His possible hire has stirred controversy. He's never been found guilty, but he was a leading Army psychologist during prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay.
Larry James, the former Army psychologist being considered for a leadership role in the College of Education at MU, spoke to an audience of about 60 people today.
Community members have expressed concern about the possible hire of James -- he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist during times of intense abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. About 40 people gathered on Friday to protest his potential hire .
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said the student tradition of driving to and from school campuses has to change; transportation was a key issue at Monday night's Columbia City Council meeting.
Council members discussed transportation options and solutions to increasing transportation problems created by Columbia's growing student population.
McDavid compared Columbia to other college towns in the Midwest like Ames, Iowa and the Champagne-Urbana area of Illinois, saying that those cities succeeded in creating mass transit instead of parking garages nearly 30 years ago.
A new report shows that health insurance payments for autism-related treatments in Missouri rose by more than 50 percent last year.
The state insurance department says more than 2,500 people received treatment covered by insurance for autism spectrum disorders in 2012. Insurance claims for the services increased to $6.6 million from $4.3 million the previous year.
A Missouri law that took effect in January 2011 requires health insurance companies to cover certain autism treatments.
78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw was the man killed by another patient at Truman Veterans Hospital on Friday, Columbia police spokesperson Sgt. Joe Bernhard said in a release.
Bernhard said Hill was involved in an assault at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. He died from the injuries he sustained in the assault. The release said no weapons were involved in the assault, but didn't go into further detail.