This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of Dec. 3, 2018

   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s chief executive had a busy week, traveling all over the state speaking at the Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting, greeting President Donald Trump, and participating in several health discussion.

Gov. Mike Parson, a farmer by trade, kicked off his week by speaking at the Missouri Farm Bureau’s annual meeting at the Tan-Tar-A Resort.

“Missouri’s future is bright, extremely bright. The economy looks good. But if you want these young men and women to stay within the borders of the state of Missouri, we must be leaders,” said Parson. “I often say being a leader isn’t about being the best. Being a leader is about making the people around you better.”

Top officials reiterate agriculture as Missouri’s backbone

Parson hosted the first rural health care summit on Tuesday, bringing together stakeholder and industry leaders to identify working solutions to address the challenges and unmet healthcare needs in rural Missouri.

“A key part of our efforts to improve Missouri’s workforce and infrastructure is improving our citizens’ health and healthcare by developing better access to providers and hospitals, especially in our rural areas,” said Parson. “Almost 40 percent of Missouri’s citizens live in rural areas, and we are committed to making sure they too have access to both preventive and emergency care when it’s needed. We need to look at innovative solutions to increase providers and access to quality healthcare in rural areas.”

Parson hosts rural healthcare summit in Bolivar

He continued the discussion on health care on Wednesday in St. Louis. A group of business leaders met with Parson to discuss the rising cost of health care. He also hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis.

Parson to host business panel discussion in St. Louis about rising health care costs

Governor Mike Parson Attends Roundtable Discussion in St. Louis to Discuss Opioid Crisis

The health discussion continued on Thursday.

On Pearl Harbor Day, Parson greeted Trump in Kansas City before hitting the road back to Jefferson City for a meeting on the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Task Force. He then headed to Linn, Missouri, for a forum on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Parson urges innovative solutions to improving criminal justice system

Parson, Schmitt, Richardson look at ways to deal with Medicaid fraud

Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at alisha@themissouritimes.com.