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6:02 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Nixon says 'Washington Healthcare Law' not good for Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon

With the United States Supreme Court's decision on healthcare expected to come on Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon broke with his party on Monday over a key part of the legislation.

Speaking with reporters in St. Louis, Governor Nixon sounded more like a Republican when asked about the impending decision.

Referring to the Affordable Care Act as the “Washington Healthcare Law” Nixon spoke out against the key ingredient of President Obama’s signature legislation—the so-called individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance.

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Morning round-up
6:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, June 25, 2012

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Mo. Supreme Court to decide fate of November ballot initiatives

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning to determine the fate of several ballot initiatives.

Election officials still have yet to determine if supporters of increasing the minimum wage and tobacco tax, and capping the rate of payday loans, have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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Anti contraceptive mandate
1:28 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Thousands email Nixon about Mo. contraception bill

Gov. Jay Nixon

Thousands of emails and letters are flooding the Missouri governor's office as he decides whether to sign health insurance legislation.

The Republican-led Legislature approved a measure stating no employer or health plan provider can be compelled to provide coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if those items run contrary to their religious or moral convictions.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has until mid-July to veto the bill, or it will take effect.

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Anti contraceptive mandate rally
5:28 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol

Bishop John Gaydos addresses the crowd at a rally on June 8th, 2012, opposing President Obama's contraceptive mandate.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Around 200 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today against President Obama’s mandate that employers provide coverage for contraceptive services.

Churches are exempt from the mandate, but religious non-profit organizations, such as schools and hospitals, are not.  John Gaydos is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.

“Religious freedom is not merely about our ability to attend church on Sunday," Gaydos said.  "It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and at the same time compromise the faith that inspires us to action.”

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Sebelius in St. Louis
5:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Sebelius in St. Louis to tout health care law ahead of anniversary, Supreme Court hearing

US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in St. Louis today.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

As the second anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act approaches, a top surrogate of President Obama says the law will survive political and constitutional challenges to have a third anniversary.

The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, was in St. Louis on Monday, part of a coordinated effort by President Obama and his surrogates to answer criticisms of the law.

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Missouri Foundation for Health
3:49 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Missouri Foundation for Health names new top executive

Robert Hughes, new president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health.
(Courtesy the Missouri Foundation for Health)

The Missouri Foundation for Health has named a new president and CEO.

Robert Hughes will assume his new post on Nov. 1, taking over from founding president James Kimmey who is retiring at the end of this year.

Hughes is an Illinois native but has spent the past 20 years in New Jersey. There, he worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest health philanthropy in the U.S.

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health insurance exchange
4:38 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Mo. gets federal grant to build online health insurance exchange

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Missouri has received a federal grant of close to $21 million to help build an online health insurance exchange.

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