Judge sets trial date for lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid expansion

(Missouri Independent) – The lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to expand Medicaid coverage under a voter-approved constitutional amendment will go to trial June 18 in Cole County. On Wednesday morning, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem met in a conference call with Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office and attorneys for the three people suing for coverage. In an online notation with […]

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Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]


Audio: 120,000 Missourians no longer on Medicaid but state’s Medicaid costs continue to climb

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade says 120,000 Missourians, including about 95,000 children, have reportedly been removed from Medicaid since January 2018. State Representative David Wood, who chairs a budget committee involving Social Services, says the number of Missourians on state healthcare has declined, but the state’s Medicaid costs continue to climb.     Wood thinks […]


Audio: Missouri legislator says previous ACA requirement is main culprit for major decline in Medicaid figures

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield says 120,000 Missourians, including about 95,000 children, have been removed from Medicaid since January 2018. State Representative David Wood, who chairs a budget committee involving Social Services, says he’s been following the reduction for months. He thinks the dip in numbers is largely tied to the Affordable Care […]


Audio: Missouri Senate Democrats pressure Hawley to withdraw from Obamacare lawsuit

(Missourinet) – Missouri Senate Democrats are putting pressure on Attorney General Hawley about an Obamacare lawsuit he’s joined. Minority Leader Gina Walsh says her caucus has filed a resolution calling on Hawley to back out of the suit because she says 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions could lose insurance.     Hawley says preexisting conditions […]


Health insurance program to be held tonight at Grundy County Jewett-Norris Library

A University of Missouri extension specialist hosts a program in Trenton tonight regarding health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Family financial education specialist Merideth Berry holds the program at 6 o’clock tonight at the Hoover Theater. That’s at the Grundy County Jewett-Norris library in Trenton.     Berry can be reached at the Grundy […]

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House panel seeks solutions to cost spikes in state’s health care markets

A Missouri House panel seeking to fix problems in Missouri’s health care markets gathered Wednesday.  Among the options it’s considering is adopting a plan by the Trump administration to let states opt out of some of the 10 essential health benefits required under Obamacare. Chris Molendorp with the Missouri Hospital Association says the advantage or […]


Workshop in Princeton to assist those needing help signing up for healthcare exchange

The University of Missouri Extension has announced a workshop later this month at Princeton regarding signups through the federal healthcare exchange. The free workshop is Friday, November 17th, from 1 to 2 o’clock at the Mercer County Health Department, located at 305 West Main Street in Princeton. Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still open to […]

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Audio: Senators Blunt and McCaskill respond to BCBS withdrawing from health insurance marketplace

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill have responded to reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced its withdrawal for next year, from the federal health insurance marketplace in 25 counties including Grundy and others in North Missouri. A Blue Cross Blue Shield official says losing money on the exchange is unsustainable […]