Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri Hospital Association comments on legislative effort to defund Medicaid expansion

The full Missouri House plans to get to work this week on the next state operating budget. Tensions could flare when lawmakers discuss a budget bill intended to defund a voter-approved Medicaid expansion effort. Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillon tells Missourinet the fate of this effort has yet to play out.     Governor […]

Healthcare

Lawmakers introduce legislation to protect rural health clinics from added financial strain during COVID-19 crisis

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.) introduced legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities. The bipartisan Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021 would make a technical fix to protect existing rural health clinics from a sudden and unexpected Medicare […]

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

Missouri Hospital Association honors Carroll County Memorial Hospital with 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Carroll County Memorial Hospital was one of many health systems honored with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Hospital Association. “I am honored to be able to present the Missouri Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award to all Missouri hospitals for their Above and Beyond commitment to service during this very difficult year,” said […]

University of Missouri Extension to help expand mental health resources in rural areas

Missouri’s rural counties lack mental health services despite growing financial stress and suicide rates with all of Missouri’s 99 rural counties facing a shortage of mental health professionals; 57 of them have none. The University of Missouri Extension hopes to change that through a multistate project to help farmers, ranchers, and farm families find affordable […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Officials in Missouri ponder preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic

Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have been on the rise in Missouri and other states, and experts say the consequences of being unprepared for an infectious-disease outbreak have never been more apparent. Gov. Mike Parson has cited concerns about staffing levels with the demand hospitals are seeing from the crisis. His comments coincide with calls […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate; promotes “Show Me You Care” campaign

Missouri’s governor has been using stops this week to tout a program called the “Show Me You Care” campaign, which emphasizes the need for you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and to social distance. Governor Mike Parson says everyone must step up to stop the spread of COVID. The state Department of Health […]

Audio: Parson and Galloway focusing on rural Missouri in final days of campaign; both appealing to blue-collar voters

The two main gubernatorial candidates are focusing on rural Missouri again Friday and during the final days of the campaign. Governor Mike Parson (R) brings his “Mike works bus tour” to four rural western Missouri towns: his hometown of Bolivar, as well as Clinton, Belton, and El Dorado Springs. He’ll finish Friday evening in Springfield. […]

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Grundy County Health Department announces six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

The Grundy County Health Department announces six new cases of COVID-19 were added for the county Wednesday, October 21st, which brings the total to 328. Two hundred forty-two cases have been confirmed, and 86 are probable. Forty-four cases are active. The Missouri Hospital Association reports the positive rate for Grundy County was 9.7% the week […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Generic Graphic

Audio: Missouri submits 111-page COVID-19 vaccine plan to CDC

Missouri has submitted its plan for administering the impending COVID vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state will receive feedback from the CDC on the 111-page plan by October 26. State Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams tells Capitol reporters that the plan’s hallmark is collaboration […]