health care

5:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week

Credit vitualis / Flickr

  The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."  

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3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA


A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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2:20 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group

MU law professor Joshua Hawley represents Hobby Lobby in a case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court contesting mandatory health insurance programs with birth control.
Nicholas Eckhart Flickr

An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.

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4:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

State employees now have on-site access to health care

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Gov. Jay Nixon officially dedicated the Strive for Wellness Health Center at the Truman State Office Building today.

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5:13 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Mo. Senate passes mammogram legislation

A bill requiring women to be notified about additional screening after mammograms has passed the Missouri Senate.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Women with dense breast tissue would have to be notified about the need for additional screenings at their mammograms under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.

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9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act

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Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the Affordable Care Act.

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CoMo Explained
2:49 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange?

A lot of users saw this instead of the sign-up page for

  This week on CoMo Explained we look at how Missouri is implementing Obamacare and ask whether it'll be successful or not.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

University of Missouri Health Care to cut workforce

Credit University of Missouri Health Care

University of Missouri Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.

MU Health Care spokesperson Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:21 am
Mon May 20, 2013

What most Missourians don't know about Hepatitis C, even when they're infected

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 10:47 pm

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Health care reform put on hold as lawmakers wrap up session

Anita Sutherland, seated, is one of hundreds of thousands of Missourians who would receive government health care if Missouri lawmakers opted into the federal Medicaid expansion plan.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

Rain is drizzling on the roughly 40 people standing in line outside the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in rural Mountain View, Missouri. Some have been standing for hours. At 5:30 pm, the clinic doors swing open, and the patients flood into a clean, bare bones waiting room.

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4:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants the attorney general to appeal a judge's ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with moral objections.

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4:14 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

St. Louis system will acquire Mexico hospital

A St. Louis-based health system says it will acquire the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.

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6:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid to 300,000 Missourians. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin St Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.  Two separate House committees voted down efforts Monday to expand Medicaid to 259,000 Missourians next year and 41,000 more in later years.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Mo. hospitals provided $1.1B in uncompensated care


Missouri hospitals report providing a record $1.1 billion of uncompensated care to patients in 2011.

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8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

Sara Westermark FLICKR

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

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