‘This is what happens to us’: How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus

‘This is what happens to us’: How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus

June 3, 2020 – Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins had a hunch. He had used data compiled for emergency responders in late March to create a computerized map showing cases of the novel coronavirus by address. A cluster of red pins curved around downtown and extended into black neighborhoods toward the city’s western edge. At the…

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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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Angela Fleming Brown appointed to Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council

Angela Fleming Brown appointed to Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council

ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2020 — The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) announced the appointment of Angela Fleming Brown, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Health, to one its three independent Appraisal Councils – the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC). “Each of the independent Appraisal Councils plays a vital role,”…

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City must provide masks if it requires mask, health board chair says

City must provide masks if it requires mask, health board chair says

ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2020 – Buses and some businesses will be able to turn people away for not wearing masks when public health restrictions are lifted on Monday, May 18 in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.  That means people who can’t afford or find masks will be denied services that they…

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More than $2M coming to expand COVID-19 testing in STL

More than $2M coming to expand COVID-19 testing in STL

ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2020 –More than $2 million in new federal funds is coming to the St. Louis region’s health centers to expand COVID-19 testing. Affinia Healthcare will receive $754,549, Betty Jean Kerr’s People’s Health Centers will receive $606,619, Family Care Health Centers will receive $410,554, and CareSTL Health will receive $398,359. The funding…

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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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