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Missouri House approves $34.9 billion budget, following heated debate on Medicaid expansion

The Missouri House voted Wednesday afternoon to give final approval to a $34.9 billion state operating budget. GOP leaders say it’s a budget that’s about $146 million less than the current budget. Most House members wore masks during the debate, which got heated during a discussion about Medicaid expansion. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there were just three […]

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Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Chillicothe expanded to first responders

Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton and Hedrick Medical Center of Chillicothe have announced an expansion in their drive-through COVID-19 testing at the former Washington Street Food and Drink in Chillicothe to first responders in Grundy and Livingston counties who meet testing criteria. First responders include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. The hospitals […]

WIC Women Infant Children

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) remains operating in Missouri during COVID-19 crisis

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. Local agencies continue to support current participants and to enroll new participants who may now be income-eligible due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control […]

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Audio: Area internet providers to expand broadband services to rural residents

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced on Tuesday that five Missouri projects will receive 60.9 million dollars in USDA funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure. The USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program announcement was made at the Metcalf Mechanical Resource Center at the North Central Missouri College Barton Farm […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Candidate for Missouri Governor has Medicaid expansion on her mind

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway says she would support expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid if she’s elected governor.     A statement by Galloway praised a bipartisan plan to expand state health coverage in Kansas. She said she would follow suit in advocating to grow Missouri’s health care program if she’s elected governor. […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri House Subcommittee to discuss Medicaid expansion

A Missouri House subcommittee will hear testimony on the issue of Medicaid expansion on Tuesday in Jefferson City.     The House Subcommittee on Health Care Reform will hold a hearing on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30. Subcommittee chairman Steve Helms of Springfield tells Missourinet his committee’s aim is to improve access to healthcare and reduce […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves state’s request to add 14 additional counties to disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for Missouri to include assistance for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis. FEMA’s approval means Benton, Boone, Callaway, Clay, Cooper, Dunklin, Gasconade, Howard, Lafayette, Lincoln, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, and St. […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri House Speaker says Medicaid expansion would “Blow Hole” in state budget

The Missouri House Speaker and House Democrats view the issue of Medicaid expansion differently. GOP Speaker Elijah Haahr of Springfield says Medicaid expansion would hurt education, by taking dollars out of the classroom.     Statistics provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) show the number of Missourians on Medicaid has dropped from […]