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Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate, and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he […]

Medicaid

Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

(Missouri Independent) – While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured in headlines across the state, state Sen. Paul Wieland has put the entire Missouri Medicaid program in jeopardy with his late-night amendment to a […]

Caldwell County Health Department

Caldwell County Health Department asking residents to respond to Maternal Child Health Needs Survey

The Caldwell County Health Department invites residents to respond to a Maternal Child Health Needs Survey. Residents are asked to rate several issues from most to least important to help the health department determine where it should concentrate its efforts. Questions involve the importance of reducing childhood and adolescent obesity, health care for children, improving […]

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Hawley introduces amendment to transfer federal funds from Planned Parenthood to adoption program

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment to Congress’s proposed budget resolution that would transfer federal dollars given to Planned Parenthood to federal adoption and maternal health programs. Senator Hawley said, “Instead of abusing obscure Senate rules and procedures to give handouts to their favored constituents, why don’t Democrats work across the aisle to help mothers […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center announces Smart Connections class

Livingston County Health Center announces a Smart Connections® class series beginning on Monday, March 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at the Chillicothe Early Learning Center, located at 900 Coach K Street. Smart Connections® is a free program from Trauma Smart® for parents and caregivers to connect, network and enhance skills in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. […]

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 […]

Medicaid

New report finds states that have not expanded Medicaid lag behind in maternal and child health

A new report finds that Missouri has among the highest uninsured rates for women of child-bearing age. The uninsured rate for Missouri women ages 18-44 is 13.9 percent, compared to an average of nine percent in Medicaid expansion states. Medicaid expansion has played a key role in improving several maternal and child health outcomes, according […]

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Audio: Missouri House gives final approval to sweeping anti-abortion legislation

A Democratic state senator from St. Louis says she’ll filibuster sweeping anti-abortion legislation that would effectively ban most Missouri abortions. The House gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday with a 117-39 vote. O’Fallon GOP State Representative Nick Schroer, the bill sponsor, says it started as a heartbeat bill.     While Democratic State […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center to offer free classes for parents and caregivers

The Livingston County Health Center will begin a free series next month for parents and caregivers to connect, network, and enhance skills in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. Maternal Child Health Coordinator Mary Taylor will instruct the classes on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 starting September 12th. The classes will teach tools to address behaviors and […]

Drugs

Missouri among five states selected to participate in project addressing maternal opioid use

Missouri is one of five states selected by the National Governor’s Association to work on a new project titled, “Addressing Maternal Opioid Use Disorder to Prevent and Reduce the Effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Preventing NAS Learning Lab.” This project will be a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Office, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri […]