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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Deaconess funding black-led COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts

Deaconess funding black-led COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts

ST. LOUIS, April 24, 2020 – “When black people are dying, black people should be in charge of the healing process for what is killing them,” Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, told The St. Louis American. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to say something.’” Knowing that money talks, and speaking as the leader of…

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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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PrepareSTL: some visual reminders about how we can save lives

PrepareSTL: some visual reminders about how we can save lives

ST. LOUIS, April 20, 2020 – Physicians and health care leaders from BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke’s Hospital and our academic medical institutions, Saint Louis University and Washington University Schools of Medicine, are partnering to help the St. Louis region through the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic…

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Local health organizations partner to reach most vulnerable during coronavirus crisis

Local health organizations partner to reach most vulnerable during coronavirus crisis

ST. LOUIS, April 14, 2020 – The Regional Health Commission, along with the City of St. Louis Department of Health and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, have joined forces to conduct a unified communication and outreach campaign to reach the most vulnerable and underserved population during the coronavirus pandemic. That campaign, PrepareSTL, will…

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COVID-19 Regional Response Team Forms to Meet Social Needs: Coordinated team to focus efforts on region’s most vulnerable populations

ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health challenge unlike anything we have faced in over a century. As with prior crises, it is the most vulnerable who stand to suffer and lose the most. Already stretched social service providers are working hard to respond to a new reality that…

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