Coronavirus Update

Grundy County reports 8 new cases of COVID-19; Putnam County to offer Pfizer vaccine clinic

Eight COVID-19 cases have been added in Grundy County since July 20th. The health department reports 1,294 total cases. Twenty-six cases are active. The Livingston County Health Center reports one COVID-19 case has been added since July 20, bringing the total to 2,065. Twenty-seven cases are active. The Putnam County Health Department will hold a […]

Donald G. Kauerauf Director Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Parson announces Donald G. Kauerauf to lead Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has selected Donald G. Kauerauf to be the next Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, effective September 1, 2021.  “We are excited to welcome Don to Missouri and look forward to the great work he is sure to accomplish in service to all Missourians,” Governor […]

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New cases of COVID-19 reported in Putnam, Livingston and Linn counties

The Putnam County Health Department reports seven new COVID-19 cases since July 15th, making the total 535. Five of the new positive cases are linked through close contacts. Eight cases are active. There are 14 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The Putnam County Health Department requests close contacts self-quarantine for at least seven days. On […]

Hospital Bed (Photo by Frederic Köberl on Unsplash)

As COVID-19 causes hospitals to fill, Springfield asks Missouri for temporary care site

(Missouri Independent) – Facing a looming shortage of beds caused by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, healthcare providers in Springfield are asking the state to set up temporary hospital beds so existing hospital space can be dedicated to caring for the most severely ill. The alternate care site would treat patients stable enough to be removed […]

The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday over Medicaid expansion. (Screenshot from pool video provided by KMIZ-TV)

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – After an eight-year fight over Medicaid expansion, the arguments are over.  The question of whether 275,000 people will receive state-paid health care coverage is in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court. Oral arguments took place Tuesday in an expedited appeal. The seven judges must decide whether Medicaid eligibility will expand, as directed by the […]

Parson signing new legislation

Governor Parson signs SB 51 into law giving healthcare providers and others protections against COVID-19 related civil action

Governor Mike Parson signed SB 51 into law, which protects health care providers, businesses, religious organizations, and others from being held liable in COVID-19 exposure civil actions.  “When COVID-19 first struck Missouri, health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, churches, schools, and other entities quickly altered their operations to protect public health and accommodate the needs of […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

University of Missouri Broadband Initiative outlines community-driven process for local expansion

Adoption of broadband has the potential to boost a community’s economic growth and quality of life. But in much of Missouri, especially rural areas, the high-bandwidth wirelines to connect households and businesses don’t exist. Helping more Missouri communities become digitally connected was the topic of a recent webinar by the University of Missouri System Broadband […]

After the Storm (Flood Damage)

Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic to remain closed until flood damage repaired

Due to damage from recent flooding, Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic in Princeton will be closed until the damage can be repaired.   Dr. Tammy Hart and advanced practice provider Jordan Jones will be treating patients at Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton until the Mercer County Clinic is ready to re-open. Patients are asked […]

Grundy County Commission Sign

Grundy County to request bids to replace radio equipment for fire department and ambulance

Grundy County is requesting formal qualifications-based competitive sealed proposals from qualified, licensed, and experienced providers for a turnkey project to provide the county a new Conventional Project-25 700/800 Megahertz digital simulcast radio network. Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports the radio system is a proposed replacement system for the current fire and ambulance system. The […]

Dr. Nicholas Shuler

Carroll County Memorial Hospital announces Dr. Nicholas Shuler joins Outpatient Specialty Clinic

Carroll County Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Nicholas Shuler, DO to the Outpatient Specialty Clinic team. Dr. Shuler will provide CCMH patients with Oncology and Hematology services. “We are excited to add Dr. Shuler to our team of specialty care providers,” said Tim Braun, Chief Operations Officer. “Dr. Shuler has specialized training for various cancers including […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri House passes Medicaid provider tax bill, preventing major budget cuts

(Missouri Independent) – With fewer than 12 hours to spare before the start of a new fiscal year, the Missouri House on Wednesday approved a bill extending medical provider taxes essential to balancing the budget, forestalling more than $700 million in cuts planned by Gov. Mike Parson. Divisions over how and whether to add provisions sought by […]

Governor Parson Gives State of the State Address 2021

Despite massive surplus, Governor Parson vetoes $115 million from Missouri budget

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri will enter the new budget year with a record budget surplus and no restrictions on appropriations. The $35.6 billion budget includes rate increases for some Medicaid providers, higher funding for colleges and universities, and new mental health crisis centers. A few hours after lawmakers passed an extension of provider taxes vital to funding […]

Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City

Missouri Senate approves FRA, rejects push to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition handed anti-abortion activists a rare defeat in the Missouri Senate Friday night, rejecting a push to ban Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider as it passed a bill to secure billions for the state’s Medicaid program. And only a restatement of the state’s already existing ban on using public funds to […]

Medicaid Fraud

Missouri Attorney General obtains $150,000 Medicaid fraud settlement

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has obtained a $150,000 settlement against a former Poplar Bluff Medicaid provider for falsely billing services that weren’t provided. “My Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works tirelessly to root out, investigate, and prosecute instances of Medicaid fraud across the state of Missouri,” […]

Senate FRA hearing Jefferson City

Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson calls special session, setting up debate on contraceptives, Planned Parenthood

(Missouri Independent) – A special session to extend provider taxes essential to the state’s Medicaid program will begin at noon Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was issued just minutes after a noon deadline set by Parson on Monday. The call came after seven members of the Senate Conservative Caucus sent him a letter demanding […]