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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 16, 2009 - One of Dwayne Butler’s proudest moments as CEO at People’s Health Centers in St. Louis came on the morning of March 9 when he joined Gov. Jay Nixon in announcing what they described as a win-win way to expand health insurance for Missouri’s needy and unemployed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2009 - St. Charles County is the best place in Missouri to raise a kid. The worst place? Once again, it's St. Louis.

Those rankings come from the latest Kids Count report from Citizens for Missouri's Children.

Across the state, the recession and other factors have led to more poverty, less access to health care and fewer educational opportunities for children, the report says.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2009 - To get a budget passed by Friday's constitutional deadline, the Missouri Legislature has taken action that appears to put off until next week a final battle over warring efforts to expand access to health care.

But all sides are pessimistic, saying there's not much hope for Gov. Jay Nixon's plan that called for expanding state health care coverage to 35,000 Missouri adults at no cost to state taxpayers. The Missouri Hospital Association and several business groups backed that plan, which called for the hospitals to pay higher fees to the state, which would be used as matching money for more federal health-care dollars.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 2, 2009 - If Missouri does not take full advantage of stimulus money available from Washington, thousands of Missourians will be hurt directly and many more will suffer indirect harm as well, budget analysts said Thursday.

Amy Blouin, executive director of the Missouri Budget Project, said that because a budget bill passed by the Missouri House fails to take full advantage of money available for Medicaid, more people will be hurt than just those who need the help with health insurance.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 1, 2009 - In recent days, a crack seems to be developing in Missouri Republican ranks over two of the biggest issues facing the Legislature:

--Gov. Jay Nixon's repeated efforts to restore Medicaid coverage to some of the tens of thousands who were dropped off the rolls in 2005, in part with the cooperation of the state's hospitals.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2009 - Notwithstanding stiff GOP opposition in Jefferson City, Gov. Jay Nixon continues to pursue his campaign promise to expand health coverage for Missouri's uninsured.

On Tuesday, his proposal picked up support from one of the state's most influential business groups, Associated Industries of Missouri. It endorsed the plan at a press conference with Nixon at Boeing Co., in north St. Louis County.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 12, 2009 - Missouri's battle over Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to expand healthcare coverage has led to sparring over this week's hospitalization of a former aide who's now a legislator, state Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia.

Her explanatory e-mail, and one sent in response by state Rep. Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles, are now fueling a lot of Web debate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 9, 2009 - With his key health-care initiative stalled in the Missouri Legislature, Gov. Jay Nixon is turning to other approaches to expanding health insurance to the needy and unemployed.

On Monday, he appeared in several cities across the state to announce what he says is a landmark agreement that will bring health care to nearly 35,000 parents at no increased cost to the public.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 7, 2009 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to take another stab at expanding health-care access on Monday when he unveils a plan that, according to the talk circulating at Democrat Days, involves increasing hospital payments into the federal reimbursement allowance program.

Initially set up in 1991, the program is basically an assessment on Missouri hospitals, with the money used to collect federal Medicaid dollars -- which often are doled out to states at roughly a a three-to-one ratio.

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