health care

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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John Cochran VAMC
3:53 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Congressmen give Cochran VA Center good marks for improvement

The John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis got bipartisan praise on Wednesday for addressing customer service and equipment sterilization issues that have plagued it for nearly two years.

Here's a brief recap of those problems:

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Republican Congressman Jim Shimkus.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Shimkus on Obama's State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered an election-year message to Republicans: Game on.

The GOP - in Congress and on the campaign trail - signaled it's ready for the fight.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, January 9, 2011

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mayer hopes federal health care law among first debated in Mo. Senate this year

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

McCaskill "glad" SCOTUS taking up health care overhaul

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is "glad" the Supreme Court is taking up the health care overhaul.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is “glad” the Supreme Court will hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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Mercy
8:00 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Mercy to build first-in-U.S. virtual care center, invest $2.4B in St. Louis area

A rendering of the planned exterior of Mercy Virtual Care Center, to be built in Chesterfield, Mo.
(via Mercy)

A "first-of-its-kind in the country" virtual care center" in Chesterfield is just one part of a plan announced by Mercy Tuesday to invest $2.4 billion into the St. Louis area.

The care center and additional investment are portions of a $4.6 billion all-Missouri health care investment initiative from Mercy, designed to distribute the investments over the next eight years.

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Peter Kinder / Health Care Lawsuit
3:51 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Hearing set on Kinder's health care lawsuit

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal appeals court will hear arguments this fall on a lawsuit by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder challenging the new federal health care law.

Kinder filed suit as a private individual challenging the federal law on several points. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in April, ruling that Kinder did not have legal standing to bring many of the claims and that others were not ripe for judicial review.

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Missouri Senate / Health Exchange
10:36 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on possible state health exchange

(via Flickr/rosmary)

Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

An interim state senate committee is trying to figure out whether, and, if so, how Missouri should create a state health exchange. 

During the their first public hearing on the issue yesterday, Mark Sergener, an insurance agent from St. Joseph, testified against creating such an exchange, siting concerns over how insurance carriers and coverage options would be affected.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, July 25, 2011

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, November 2009. Amish country.
Flickr/Tony the Misfit

Missouri's Amish population on the rise

Missouri has the fourth-highest Amish population growth rate in the country. Between 2009 and 2011, the Amish population grew by 15 percent, according to Donald Kraybill at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Kraybill says that the population boom is fueled by large family size, high retention rates and immigration.

Missouri is attractive to Amish settlers for a number of reasons, Kraybill says.

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MO Statehouse
2:46 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

21 states backing health care suit by Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Officials from 21 states have filed a court document supporting a lawsuit by Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder challenging the new federal health care law.

A federal judge previously dismissed Kinder's lawsuit, and that decision is on appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.  Kinder says eight of those 21 states are within the 8th Circuit.

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