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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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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