A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri's more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law - and the county-level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.
The analysis uses census data to project how the number of uninsured could change in every county in Missouri under the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed nearly $1.6 billion worth of cuts to Medicaid into law.
His signature means that nearly 25,000 working parents will lose state-funded health care on July 1. Regular dental care is being eliminated for adults. Those who need eyeglasses will be able to get a new pair once every two years. And patients who take more than four prescription drugs will have to get prior approval from the state.
Quinn this morning also signed a dollar-a-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the state's Medicaid program will receive about $42,000 from a national legal settlement with Walgreen Co.
The settlement resolves complaints that Walgreen's improperly tried to get people to switch their prescriptions to its pharmacies. The company has agreed to pay civil damages totaling $7.9 million to states and the federal government.
Koster says that from early 2005 to June 2010, Walgreen Co. offered gift cards and gift checks to people who receive government health care to entice them to transfer their prescriptions.
Reporting from Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.
Like its counterpart in Missouri, the Illinois General Assembly is heading into the home stretch.
Lawmakers there have a bit more time to get through their agenda - their session isn't scheduled to end until the end of May. But unlike lawmakers in Missouri, Illinois legislators have a monumental task in front of them - passing a state budget.
Most state agencies will have their budget cut by 9 percent.
Blunt spent most of his nine-minute speech criticizing government growth and overregulation. He was especially critical of the federal government’s attempts to regulate family farms.
"We don’t need people in Washington DC deciding what farm kids can do on family farms," Blunt said to applause. "We don’t need the EPA trying to spend all this time figuring out how you can farm without dust.”
Gov. Pat Quinn says saving the Illinois Medicaid program will require cutting services, raising cigarette taxes and cutting payments to health-care providers.
Aides to the Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Quinn is proposing a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack. They expect the tax to generate about $337 million, which would then be matched by the federal government.