Vote NO on 3

Vote NO on 3

When you think of public health issues, you might consider disease prevention or wellness programs. Perhaps you reflect on social issues, like access to healthy food or safe housing. But do you think of social justice issues and our political system? The public health landscape is constantly changing and expanding. The more we learn, the…

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Exercise your power, vote safe

Exercise your power, vote safe

Never forget: you are the government. You have power and opportunity to make change, and one of the most important tools you hold is your vote. As John Lewis poignantly stated: “The right to vote is precious and almost sacred, and one of the most important blessings of our democracy. Today we must be vigilant…

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YES ON 2: Gateway to Better Health data demonstrates need for Medicaid expansion in Missouri

YES ON 2: Gateway to Better Health data demonstrates need for Medicaid expansion in Missouri

Gateway to Better Health (GBH) is a lifeline. With GBH, uninsured individuals who struggle to afford medical care, gain access to quality health care services. Over the last eight years, GBH has covered 288,500 primary care and dental visits, 1.3 million medications, and 316,800 diagnostic tests and other procedures.  The program has provided 63,779 otherwise…

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Medicaid expansion round table featuring Dr. Heidi Miller

Medicaid expansion round table featuring Dr. Heidi Miller

Our Medical Director, Dr. Heidi Miller, recently joined Robin Rudowitz of KFF and Jessica Rhoades out of Governor Steve Bullock‘s office on a discussion about Medicaid expansion. Check out this round table discussion hosted by the Boone County Medical Society and vote #YesOn2 on August 4! Check out the discussion here.

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Vote YES on Medicaid Expansion, Amendment 2, in August 2020!

Vote YES on Medicaid Expansion, Amendment 2, in August 2020!

During his daily press briefing usually dedicated to the state’s pandemic response, Governor Mike Parson announced his decision to place Medicaid expansion on the August 2020 ballot. Advocates led by Healthcare For Missouri, which spearheaded the successful initiative petition campaign, were not surprised by the Governor’s announcement. Nearly 350,000 signatures were gathered, earning Medicaid expansion…

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Missouri Medicaid expansion more important now than ever

Missouri Medicaid expansion more important now than ever

By: Heidi B. Miller, M.D. As a primary care doctor, I cringe when I am paged on-call at 2 a.m. by a patient with chest pain who won’t go to the emergency department because of lack of insurance. With sadness and frustration, I must persuade the patient that this is an emergency and he could…

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The St. Louis Regional Health Commission Supports Medicaid Expansion

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission Supports Medicaid Expansion

Think about your neighbor who is uninsured, caring for an aging parent, and juggling a part-time job. Picture your server, at the corner restaurant, who gets no benefits and does not qualify for Medicaid or subsidies for Obamacare. Likely, we all know someone who lacks health insurance. Medicaid expansion would keep our friends, family members,…

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The St. Louis Regional Health Commission Advocates  for Five Key State and Federal Actions in Response to COVID-19

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission Advocates for Five Key State and Federal Actions in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic unfolds, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) advocates for the following five actions to ensure equitable access to health care for all Missourians: 1. Missouri should expand Medicaid now. The state should immediately expand Medicaid through a State Plan Amendment, which would secure coverage for an additional 200,000…

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