Medical Marijuana and Veterans

Veterans Administration sending mixed messages to vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

(Missouri Independent) – Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans […]

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Biden administration opens civil rights investigation into states banning school mask mandates

(Missouri Independent) – Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Attorneys argue Missouri is violating federal law, courts on Medicaid expansion delays

(Missouri Independent) – Attorneys who successfully sued to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion argued in a letter to state officials Thursday that delays in implementation violate not only the court order but also federal law. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, Chuck Hatfield and Lowell Pearson joined with Joel Ferber, director of advocacy for Legal Services […]

Legionnaires Disease

Case of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Bethany

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in collaboration with the Harrison County Health Department, is advising recent guests of the Quality Inn & Suites located at 496 S. 39th Street in Bethany, Missouri, of a potential health concern related to possible exposures to Legionella bacteria. DHSS received notification that an individual diagnosed with Legionnaires’ […]

COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Certain immunocompromised individuals can now receive third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri

Following recent announcements from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain immunocompromised individuals can begin receiving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.  A third dose of the PfizerNBioTech or Moderna vaccines may be administered to moderately to severely immunocompromised people due to a medical condition […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Attorney General unhappy about couple charged with felony charges of abuse being put on house arrest

Missouri’s Attorney General has said in a court motion that it was “completely improper” for a judge to release from jail a southwest Missouri couple charged with abusing girls at a reform school.     Boyd and Stephanie Householder were placed on house arrest after a hastily called court hearing. They face multiple counts of […]

Mental Health

Audio: Missouri could join 49 other states by improving access to mental health services

In 2008, Congress passed and then-President George W. Bush signed into law a bill requiring health insurance companies to cover mental health the same as any other health problems. Thirteen years after the measure became law, Missouri is the only state not yet enforcing that law. Two bills pass this year would ban insurance companies […]

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Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended at least a week as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

(Missouri Independent) – Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will […]

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Daviess County reports two new cases of COVID-19; Waiting list available for COVID-19 vaccine

Two COVID-19 cases were added in Daviess County since February 17th, and active cases decreased by 20. The health department reported February 25th the total number of cases was 666, and there were 24 active cases. Fourteen COVID-19-related deaths had been reported in Daviess County. The health department thanks residents for doing their part in […]

Coronavirus in Prisons

Audio: Missouri prison system experiences significant drop in COVID-19 cases

In early December, the Missouri Department of Corrections began installing 1,400 air purifying devices and using disinfectant sprayers within the prison system. Since then, department spokesperson Karen Pojmann tells Missourinet the number of coronavirus cases has fallen by 80%. The agency reports 7,612 staff and inmates have been infected with the virus since last spring – 147, or […]

Manslaughter

Polo woman charged with involuntary manslaughter after mothers death

A Polo woman has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter—second degree after her mother’s death in November 2019. Online court information shows 42-year-old Rachel Nichols’s bond was set at $100,000 cash only with a special condition of bond supervision by Supervision Services. A probable cause affidavit from Sergeant Tony Kirkendoll of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Health departments in Missouri fighting a lack of vaccine as new tiers open up on state COVID-19 plan

Wondering where to go to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri? On Friday, the state launched an interactive map detailing where over 1,100 providers are located across the state. But not all locations identified on the map as providing the vaccine, actually have vaccines on hand to administer. And reports that the federal government has already exhausted its […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Governor Parson announces activation of first Tier of Phase 1B of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Governor Mike Parson has announced the activation of Phase 1B – Tier 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Federal partners have informed the state that they plan to significantly increase vaccine supply next week and that individuals 65 and older and those with the presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions should be […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sets into motion plans for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services signed the standing order for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration after final review of recommendations made earlier today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “The first week of vaccinations among health care workers in Missouri went extremely well,” said Williams. “We […]