RHC Releases Statement on Gender-Affirming Care

RHC Releases Statement on Gender-Affirming Care

On April 27th, the Regional Health Commission released a statement on gender-affirming care in response to the Missouri Attorney General’s emergency regulation. Read the statement from the RHC below, or click to download a pdf version. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission and Alive and Well Communities advocate for access to gender-affirming care for transgender…

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Medicaid Annual Renewals

Medicaid Annual Renewals

Annual renewals for MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) will begin April 1, 2023. Beginning April 1, Family Support Division will need to check the eligibility of all MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) participants. If you are a Missourian who gets healthcare coverage through MO HealthNet or any of the Managed Care health plans (Healthy Blue, Home State Health,…

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Securing Access to Care: Medicaid and Reproductive Health

Securing Access to Care: Medicaid and Reproductive Health

ST. LOUIS, September 26, 2022 – On October 6th, 2022, the RHC with partners Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis (BHN), Generate Health, St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN) and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) hosted a Town Hall and Educational Roundtable event, centered around Medicaid and Reproductive Health. If you were unable…

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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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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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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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Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more

Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more

An article by the Missouri Independent published this week highlights the extended wait times that Missouri residents are facing to get approved for health insurance through Medicaid expansion. According to the state’s latest figures, almost 73,000 Missourians had Medicaid applications pending as of January, and the time that residents are waiting for approval is increasing….

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Health leaders assail GOP’s latest attack on Medicaid expansion

Health leaders assail GOP’s latest attack on Medicaid expansion

A recent article published by the St. Louis American highlights criticism from Missouri health leaders, including RHC CEO Angela Brown, as they respond to the HJR 117 bill that puts Missourian’s access to Medicaid at risk. The article notes, “HJR 117 would give the state legislature discretion whether to fund expanded Medicaid and to place…

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HJR 117 Undermines Will of Missouri Voters

HJR 117 Undermines Will of Missouri Voters

ST. LOUIS, February 24, 2022 — Missourians deserve to receive the coverage they voted for in August 2020. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 117 would undermine the will of the voters, threaten Missourians already receiving care with a risk of losing coverage, and jeopardize our opportunity to experience the economic growth and expansion numerous other states…

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