Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and […]

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Missouri sends initial shipment of COVID-19 antigen tests to schools statewide

State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests […]

Randall Williams, Director Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Medical marijuana lawsuit: Missouri health department illegally concealed documents

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that sued after being denied a medical marijuana license is alleging the state department of health and Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office illegally concealed documents and violated open records laws in order to undercut their lawsuit. The allegations — which are included in a 28-page motion seeking sanctions against […]

Medical Marijuana

Department of Health and Senior Services investigates medical marijuana consumer complaint

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating a complaint that a particular medical marijuana product purchased at a state-licensed dispensary this past weekend contained mold growth.  Because of the state program’s regulations including the seed-to-sale track and trace requirements of Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, all facilities, patients, and caregivers associated […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing District Home Board of Directors presented update from Administrator Jerry Doerhoff

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors heard a report from Sunnyview Nursing Home Administrator Jerry Doerhoff at a meeting Tuesday, October 20th. Doerhoff said the Department of Health and Senior Services completed focused infection control surveys on September 14th and October 9th. No deficiencies were cited for either day. He reported residents […]

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Grundy County Health Department reports 48 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday, October 19, 2020

Grundy County Health Department on Monday morning reported there are 48 active cases of the COVID-19. That’s out of a total number of 315 cases since testing began earlier this year with 232 tests confirmed as positive and 83 listed as probable. The health department reports there have been 13 deaths in Grundy County attributed […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: First medical marijuana sales to patients in Missouri took place on Saturday

The first legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri have occurred between a Missouri-licensed dispensary and qualified patients and caregivers. The sale took place on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  Jill Enders has more on the story:     “Missouri patients have always been our north star as we work to implement the state’s medical-marijuana program,” […]

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Audio: Missouri submits 111-page COVID-19 vaccine plan to CDC

Missouri has submitted its plan for administering the impending COVID vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state will receive feedback from the CDC on the 111-page plan by October 26. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams tells Capitol reporters that the plan’s hallmark is collaboration […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Department of Health and Senior Services confirms medical marijuana sales begin late October

Medical marijuana sales will soon begin in Missouri. Ashley Byrd has this update on the new industry.     As of this week, the state health department has approved almost 65 thousand medical marijuana applications from patients and caregivers, with more than 10,000 additional applications in review. The state also reports granting final operating approval […]

Medicaid Fraud

Missouri woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that on September 9, 2020, Cherrine Shepperd pled guilty to the class D felony of Violations Involving Health Care Payments in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. Shepperd submitted false timesheets for allegedly providing personal care services for a Medicaid recipient. Shepperd created the false time sheets that […]