Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorney General says Missouri lawmakers can refuse to fund Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri lawmakers were not obligated to fund Medicaid expansion, and the courts cannot force the state to pay the medical bills of people who would be eligible under an initiative that amended the state constitution, the state attorney general’s office argued in documents filed Monday in Cole County Circuit Court. The filing from Attorney […]

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COVID-19 surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations decline

(Missouri Independent) – In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly reports on new cases. With only three active cases on April 21, the urgency for frequent updates seemed to have passed. But the coronavirus came roaring back this […]

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Mexican national pleads guilty to selling 14 kilos of meth, 30 firearms to undercover agent

A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. He sold more than 14 kilograms of methamphetamine and 30 firearms to an undercover federal agent. Jose Alvarado, 28, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to one count of conspiracy to […]

Prison Sentence

Southwest Honkys gang member sentenced to 25 years in Missouri prison for meth conspiracy

A Fair Grove, Missouri, man who is a member of the Southwest Honkys violent prison gang was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in which investigators intercepted a shipment of nearly 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. William F. Jones, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to […]

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State of Missouri withdraws State Plan Amendments for expansion of MO HealthNet

The Missouri Department of Social Services submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services formally withdrawing its State Plan Amendments for MO HealthNet expansion.  On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment expanding MO HealthNet eligibility to individuals between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level. However, the […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missouri’s Governor Parson abandons plans to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will not expand Medicaid coverage to working-age adults on July 1 because lawmakers refused to include funding for the health care program in the state budget, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday. In a news release, Parson said the state was withdrawing documents submitted to the federal government necessary to add the approximately 275,000 […]

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Audio: Nearly half of Missouri’s state prisoners have been given a COVID-19 vaccination

Nearly half of Missouri’s state prisoners have been given a coronavirus vaccination.     Missouri Department of Corrections data shows nearly 10,800 prisoners have received their coronavirus vaccination. The number of active inmate cases is 71. The largest COVID-19 outbreak – 41 cases – is at the prison in northeast Missouri’s Vandalia, followed by 23 […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Looks to reduce teacher shortage

Missouri is facing a teacher shortage, and for Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working to inspire more high school and college students to consider becoming educators.     Halley Russell a government teacher at Jackson High School, said the shortage is nothing new but is getting more attention with the […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Democrats vow court battle if lawmakers don’t fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – With the Missouri Senate poised for what promises to be a lengthy debate over Medicaid expansion, legislative Democrats said Tuesday that the fight over funding will move to the courts if lawmakers don’t approve money for the new coverage. During a rally on the Capitol Building lawn, Senate Democrats promised to push […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees approve renewal of health insurance, presented report from Faculty Senate Negotiations Committee

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard a report from the Faculty Senate Negotiations Committee on April 27th. History and Spanish Faculty Member Maryellen Harman and Psychology Faculty Member Lindsay Oram presented a proposal for a faculty salary schedule for 2021-2022. The proposal includes adding $1,000 to the salary base and continuing to […]

Jobs Report

Missouri monthly unemployment rate inches down to 4.2% in March, 2021

Missouri non-farm payroll employment recovered strongly in March 2021 after a loss in February, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by a tenth of a percentage point. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 15,400 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in March 2021, down from 4.3 percent in […]

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One injured, citation issued, after crash on 2nd and Kitty streets in Trenton

Trenton Police issued a citation alleging an improper turn resulting in a recent traffic accident on April 7 at 2nd and Kitty streets in Trenton. One driver, 24-year-old Dillon Matthew Pratt of Trenton, reported his forehead struck the driver’s visor, breaking it during the accident when the impact occurred. He declined medical attention. The other […]

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Hawley calls for Biden to extend freeze on foreign worker visas

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to extend President Donald Trump’s executive order freezing visas for certain temporary foreign workers, which will expire today, March 31, 2021, unless President Biden acts. Senator Hawley writes that the temporary freeze, issued to protect American workers during the pandemic, should be extended […]

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Two big rigs crash on I-35 blocking northbound traffic

A collision involving two tractor-trailers blocked a portion of northbound Interstate 35 for a while on Wednesday afternoon in Clinton County. One driver, 53-year-old Ricky Huffman of LaCrescent, Minnesota, was taken by ambulance to the Cameron Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The other truck driver, 54-year-old Terry Franksain of Traer, Iowa, declined medical treatment […]

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Audio: Central Missouri man accused in connection to U.S. Capitol riots in January

A central Missouri man has been arrested in connection to U.S. Capitol riots in January that left five people dead.     Court records show 55-year-old Matthew Eugene Loganbill of Versailles is accused of obstruction of a Congressional proceeding, unlawful entry, and violent entry or disorderly conduct. In a January 13 interview by the FBI, […]

Lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General files suit against Treasury Department over provision in American Rescue Plan concerning state tax cuts

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of the Treasury and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen over the interpretation of a mandate in the American Rescue Plan Act that would force states to choose between accepting COVID-19 relief funds or exercising their sovereignty over state tax policy. “As a […]