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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 County Commission approves health insurance proposal

The Grundy County Commission on November 30th approved a proposal from insurance broker HIC Agency Incorporated. The proposal involved a 2.97% increase only on health insurance, and its approval is contingent on making sure no existing providers are excluded or lost within the service area. County Clerk Betty Spickard reports the county will change from […]

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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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Federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states blocked by judge

(Missouri Independent) – Enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp affects the states involved in the lawsuit, including Missouri. The others are Iowa, Kansas, New […]

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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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Trenton City Council reviews problems with trash service; city health insurance premiums to decrease

All votes were unanimous Monday night when the Trenton City Council adopted four ordinances and approved a resolution. Faced with two dozen additional, documented complaints on trash service, at least two members of the council called for a change in trash hauling companies. The city of Trenton’s contract with Rapid Removal Disposal doesn’t expire until […]

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Audio: Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black on legislation, vaccine mandates and schools

Seventh District State Representative Rusty Black is finishing his fifth year in the legislature. He says he has gotten into a niche with a group of people who work with him on legislation. He is on the Missouri State Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees. He reports there is a piece of legislation he has […]

Medicaid

Audio: Close to 13,000 people have been enrolled in expanded Medicaid

Close to 13,000 people have been enrolled in expanded Medicaid in Missouri, according to the Department of Social Services.     In 2020, a majority of Missouri voters passed a ballot measure to expand the government-funded health insurance to about 275-thousand low-income adult residents. The benefits include primary and preventive care, emergency services, prescription drugs, […]

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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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Report confirms disparities in getting behavioral health support

Women and young people have faced increased behavioral health challenges since before the pandemic, according to a new report, which assessed the state of well-being for women and children. The study from the United Health Foundation looked at more than 100 measures, from physical health to emotional, social, and behavioral health determinants. Dr. Ravi Johar, chief […]

Fatal Accident

Audio: The number of deadly crashes involving motorcyclists spike in Missouri during 2021

The number of motorcyclists killed this year in traffic crashes has increased 30-percent compared to last year in Missouri. Jon Nelson, with the Missouri Transportation Department, says about 139 people riding helmetless have died so far in 2021, compared to 118 last year.     In 2020, Governor Parson signed a bill into law that […]

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Gilman City Board of Education approves employee health insurance

The Gilman City R-4 Board of Education October 20th approved health insurance. Superintendent Roger Alley reported a rate increase of 5.9%. The board will continue to pay 100% of the deductible of $5,000. For the deductible of $3,000, the employee will be required to pay $33.62. Bookkeeper Tori Wideman reports the health insurance is through […]

Medicare

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 […]