St. Louis Beacon: Missouri legislature leaves health clinics still scrambling to help the uninsured, 5/16/09In the face of a serious economic downtown, Missouri's uninsured population exceeded 750,000 and was growing. Nixon saw his proposal as a modest step toward trimming the numbers.
The latest news is available at
cover missouri feature
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Addressing the health care workforce shortage
Last year the Cover Missouri team hosted community meetings across the state to discuss health coverage. At every meeting health care workforce shortages were mentioned. The general concern: Missouri does not have enough primary care providers, dentists, and general surgeons. This is especially true in rural areas.
Across the country, the lack of medical providers already creates a barrier to accessing health care. If health care reform is successful and health coverage is expanded, will we have enough medical providers to care for everyone?
The Missouri Foundation for Health will address this question at its annual health summit, Health Care Workforce Development: Cultivating Missouri’s Resources, June 2-3, 2009. The deadline to register is Friday, May 22, 2009.
The 2009 Health Summit will bring together policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders to explore ways of overcoming the state’s health care workforce shortages. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including telemedicine, retention and recruitment techniques, and innovative workforce development programs.
Register for the 2009 MFH Health Summit by Friday, May 22.
Learn more about workforce shortages and policy options to address this problem:
|Cover Missouri is a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health. Learn more here.|