Jefferson City, MO – A suburban St. Louis health plan has been fined for failing to process claims from doctors and patients quickly enough.
The state Insurance Department says Mercy Health Plans of Chesterfied recently paid the state slightly more than $100,000. The fine was imposed after the state found that the HMO failed to meet time limits for handling claims filed by doctors and patients.
The fine was the first levied under the so-called prompt-pay measure passed by lawmakers in 2001 and enacted in January 2002.
St. Louis, MO – Pope John Paul II has named St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Rigali will leave the St. Louis archdiocese in October; he's taking over for the retiring Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who just turned 80.
St. Louis Archdiocese spokesman Tony Huenneke says Rigali's new assignment in Philadelphia is a move up; he'll be leading a million more Catholics than he currently does.
Washington, DC – St. Louis Congressmen Dick Gephardt and William Lacy Clay are once again asking President Bush to re-nominate Missouri's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to the federal bench.
On Monday, they sent their second letter this year in support of White, who was nominated twice by former President Clinton. Former Senator John Ashcroft, who is now the U.S. Attorney General, led a Senate fight that defeated the nomination.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan also signed the letter.
St. Louis – A federal judge in Washington Tuesday denied a request from the U.S. Justice Department to delay a ruling ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to lower Missouri River water levels.
On Saturday, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled the Corps must reduce flows at a South Dakota dam to protect endangered fish. Corps spokesman Paul Johnston says Kessler's order conflicts with a ruling from another federal judge in St. Louis to keep water high for barges.
Columbia, MO – University of Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons left a Columbia hospital yesterday and reported to jail. He was recovering from broken ribs and a punctured lung sustained in an ATV accident on Independence Day. That accident at the home of the university's president alerted officials that Clemons had violated terms of his work-release program.
Clemons had been serving a 60-day sentence for a conviction arising from a domestic assault case.