Medicaid

What does Medicaid expansion mean for Missourians

Missourians on Tuesday voted to pass Amendment 2, an amendment to the state’s constitution which will expand the pool of people who are eligible to receive Medicaid. Medicaid is a state and federally funded program to provide health care for low-income Americans. Missouri’s Medicaid program is called ‘MO HealthNet.’ Under current restrictions, Missourians are only […]

School Lunch

USDA to partner with rural schools to provide one million meals per week to schools shut by COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals a week to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19: “Feeding children who are affected by school closures is a top priority […]

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National Assessment of Educational Progress releases Missouri’s scores on nationwide report card

Missouri’s 2019 scores in national math and reading assessments remained statistically steady in math at Grade 4 and Grade 8, as well as at Grade 8 reading, but fell in Grade 4 reading according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The state was in line with national averages in all […]

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The net neutrality battle moves to the states, and to 2020

Net neutrality suffered a significant blow on Tuesday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era consumer protections. Because the court upheld the repeal, it remains legal for internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to block or throttle any sites they want, and […]

Healthcare

Missouri improves in America’s Health Rankings for women, infants and children

Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Missouri’s rank advanced to 37th overall in America’s Health Rankings – Health of Women and Children Report 2019, up from 41st in 2018. Within women’s health specifically, Missouri jumped eight spots on the ranking list. The report uses over 60 metrics to compare and rank the health […]

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Despite government shutdown, IRS confirms tax filing season to begin January 28

Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019, and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers […]

United States Presidential Scholars

Kirksville student semifinalist for United States Presidential Scholars program

A Kirksville High School student was selected as a semifinalist for the United States Presidential Scholars. Richard Ma was one of nine Missouri students selected as a semifinalist. U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s office announced two other Missouri students as members of the 54th class of the U. S. Presidential Scholars. Interim Commissioner […]

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Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Chillicothe sends delegates to Washington, D.C.

Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Incorporated of Chillicothe sponsored two area delegates attending the 54th Annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D. C. Harlie Jones of Chillicothe and Nicole Robinson of Bethany attended the seven-day tour. The tour provided opportunities for the participating high school students to learn what it is like to be involved in […]