Category: Health

State’s new abortion laws take effect this week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In perhaps one of the tensest moments among the Missouri legislature this year, Republicans pushed an abortion bill through a special session, placing more limits on abortion providers in the Show-Me State. That legislation has been contested at nearly every turn, both through the legislative process […]

Hepatitis C cure allowed with state Medicaid after lawsuit

ST. LOUIS – A life-saving medicine that cures hepatitis C will now be available to the thousands of Missouri Medicaid recipients suffering from the disease. The decision to allow the medicine was permitted after litigation against the Missouri Department of Social Services (MDSS) brought by three Medicaid recipients represented by […]

Ruth receives national award for work on newborn screening legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri State Representative Becky Ruth has been honored with a national award for her 2017 legislation on newborn screening. The Republican from Festus was presented with the Abbey RareVoice Award Wednesday at a reception in Washington. The award is given out by the national organization, Rare Disease […]

First committee hearing on healthcare markets leaves stakeholders asking for direction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first meeting of the Interim Committee on Stabilizing Missouri’s Health Insurance Markets, tasked with looking at Missouri’s healthcare options, seemed to end with one clear sentiment from those on the committee: they need an outline of the parameters they will be working in. The Wednesday […]

Cunningham: HCB3 replacement will be ‘hopefully one of the first bills in regular session’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Mike Cunningham, R- Rogersville, sparked interest when he met with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to unveil his proposed fix to budgetary cuts that removed in-home care for previously estimated 8,000 elderly Missourians. “We’re just going to take it during the regular session,” Cunningham said Monday. […]

RELEASE: NARAL Condemns Greitens’ Attack on Birth Control Access

Playing Politics With Our Healthcare, Greitens’ Move Could Undermine Access to Affordable Contraception in Missouri In response to the latest attack on women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom at the hands of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri’s Alison Dreith released the following statement: “Since he took office, Gov. Greitens […]

MHFRC approves over $40 million in new application, $143 million in extensions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In their first meeting since September, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee (MHRFC) approved funding for over $40 million in new applications to construct or improve health facilities. The committee also issued extensions for health facilities projects worth over $143 million. Of the applications that were […]