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Chillicothe City Council addresses health insurance matters at Monday meeting

The Chillicothe City Council took action on health insurance matters on January 10th. The annual health insurance opt-out policy was adopted. City Clerk Roze Frampton reports if an employee opts out of receiving coverage through the city’s health insurance, the city will pay the employee $127.71 per month. The council also passed a motion involving […]

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Grundy R-5 Board of Education approves insurance quote, reviews grant and approves bus routes

The Grundy County R-5 Board of Education on December 14th approved an insurance quote for Missouri United School Insurance Council general liability coverage for the district. The cost for the standard policy is $37,804. A $4 million umbrella policy was also approved at $1,536. The board approved the Return to Instruction Plan and the test […]

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Laredo Board of Education approve insurance renewal, review Board of Education election

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education on December 13th approved Missouri United School Insurance Council insurance renewal. Secretary Robin Griswold reports there is $4 million worth of coverage for a premium of $13,096 for the year. The policy covers property, general liability, buses, school board liability, compensation, bond, cyber, and pollution liability. The board approved […]

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Missouri doctor pleads guilty to making false statements to obtain insurance coverage for fentanyl prescription

A Missouri, physician pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement to Medicare to obtain insurance coverage for a fentanyl prescription and to conspiring with others to use his DEA registration number to issue Schedule II controlled substances to patients in his absence. Randall Halley, 65, Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate […]

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December 7th is the deadline for Missourians to enroll in or change Medicare benefits

Open enrollment ends on December 7, 2021, for Missouri residents on Medicare.     Changes can be made through December 7th to participants’ Medicare Advantage plans and to Part D drug coverage. State Insurance Director Chlora Lindley-Myers reminds Missouri residents that there’s an assistance program, called CLAIM, that helps Medicare recipients wanting to make changes […]

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Advocates say Build Back Better Act could improve health outcomes for Missouri children

Health advocates are pressing the U.S. Senate to pass the Build Back Better Act after it passed the House last month. The bill would improve Medicaid and CHIP, the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, by offering 12 months of continuous coverage to children who qualify and making federal CHIP funding permanent. Casey Hanson, director of outreach and […]

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Hy-Vee now offering free COVID-19 booster vaccines to all individuals aged 18 and older

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that free Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available to all individuals ages 18 and older at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across its eight-state region. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a booster dose for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine recipients […]

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North Mercer Board of Education sets candidate filing dates; board notified health insurance rates to rise 19.9%

Candidate filing dates were set at the North Mercer R-3 Board of Education meeting on November 10. Filing for the April 5, 2022, election will take place December 7 through 28 during school hours. The office will be open on December 28 from noon to 5 p.m. The two seats open for election are those […]

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Limited supply of free pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children Ages 5-11 available at select Hy-Vee Pharmacies

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces that select Hy-Vee pharmacy locations are now administering free Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11 without a prescription, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group. Due to limited supply, these vaccines are available […]

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Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance announce health insurance rates for 2022

Chlora Lindley-Myers, the director of the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance, announced final health insurance rates for the individual market in 2022 for the State of Missouri.   “The health insurance market in our state and our country continues to be challenging, however, I’m pleased by the significant increase in competition we’ve seen in Missouri […]

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Audio: Missouri is offering free help with Medicare open enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is open through December 7. Part D drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans can be changed during this time. Scott Miniea, the executive director of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, says it offers free help to eligible residents and their caregivers.     Questions can be asked and one-on-one counseling can […]

Telehealth going strong even after pandemic closures

The use of telehealth services – a combination of telephone, video, and other online tools – peaked during COVID closures, and Coloradans still are opting for remote visits, according to new data. Social isolation and other disruptions saw mental and behavioral telehealth visits rise dramatically. Cari Frank – vice president for communications with the Center […]