Missouri Medicaid Application Wait Times

Missouri Medicaid Application Wait Times

In August 2020, Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion, making more than 200,000 Missourians eligible to receive healthcare coverage under Medicaid. However, since its approval, significant backlogs in application processing have prevented Missouri residents from receiving care — as of June 2022, over 58,000 Missourians had pending Medicaid applications. Although federal guidelines require Medicaid applications to…

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Feed the Babies Project fighting infant formula shortage

Feed the Babies Project fighting infant formula shortage

An article by the St. Louis American highlights the efforts of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and a host of partners, including the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, in a community-wide collaboration to address the recent shortage of baby formula and provide solutions for families. The initiative addresses three main priorities: Breastfeeding Support for…

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Legal Update: The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade

Legal Update: The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to ban abortion, states now have the legal authority to regulate abortion access. Shortly after the decision was released, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt certified House Bill 126, which holds that abortion is illegal in all cases except where a medical emergency threatens the life of the pregnant person. Follow…

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Regional Health Commission Hires Public Policy and Advocacy Director

Regional Health Commission Hires Public Policy and Advocacy Director

ST. LOUIS, June 2, 2022 — The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) is pleased to announce the addition of Pearlina Boyd, J.D., M.P.P.A., to its team serving as their Public Policy and Advocacy Director. In this role, Pearlina will be responsible for implementing the RHC’s regional advocacy agenda that maintains health equity in all…

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St. Louis takes healthy step of endorsing Medicare for All

St. Louis takes healthy step of endorsing Medicare for All

This week, the St. Louis American published an article highlighting that St. Louis is now among the more than 90 cities that have passed resolutions in support of Medicare for All. Angela Brown, St. Louis Regional Health Commission CEO, was featured in the article: “Access to health care continues to be a public health crisis….

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CoverSTL launched to house Medicaid expansion efforts

CoverSTL launched to house Medicaid expansion efforts

In collaboration with Homegrown STL, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and St. Louis University, the RHC has launched CoverSTL, an initiative developed to coordinate Medicaid expansion outreach efforts across the region. The CoverSTL page features the RHC’s Medicaid Expansion HelpLine, a step-by-step application video, and a map of Medicaid application assistance locations across St. Louis…

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As Missouri’s Medicaid sign-ups lag, faith leaders want to pick up the slack

As Missouri’s Medicaid sign-ups lag, faith leaders want to pick up the slack

This week, St. Louis Public Radio published an article highlighting the efforts of Missouri’s religious leaders as they spread the word about the state’s recently expanded Medicaid program. Missouri Faith Voices, a grassroots organization made of faith leaders in St. Louis, Springfield, Jefferson City, and other parts of the state, has volunteers going door to…

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