St. Louis Beacon: Missouri 'health freedom' resolution passes easily in House but faces more challenge in Senate, 3/17/10
While Democrats were struggling to enact a major health care reform bill in Washington on Tuesday, the Missouri House moved in the opposite direction by approving a proposed constitutional amendment.
Columbia Missourian: Missouri bill would help patients get just what the doctor ordered, 3/17/10
The bill addresses the practice of treating a patient with alternatives to the prescribed or brand-name medicine. In such cases, insurance companies only cover the prescribed drug if the other drug is found to be ineffective.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Medicaid puts Missouri governor in a bind, 3/15/10
Nixon, facing declines in revenue for two straight years, says he has to squeeze savings from all programs, including Medicaid.
New York Times: Democrats inch toward securing votes for health bill, 3/17/10
House Democrats are inching toward the majority they need to pass health care legislation, giving them added confidence as they work out the last details of the bill.
Washington Post: House Democrats scramble to ensure adequate deficit reduction in health bill, 3/17/10
Congressional Democrats rushing to push President Obama's health care initiative to final passage this week hit a new snag Tuesday, as the final piece of the package was held up by concerns that it would do too little to reduce the nation's budget deficit.
St. Louis Beacon: Analysis: Will tort reform and fewer restrictions on insurance keep health costs down?, 3/16/10
Throughout the national health-care debate, the Republican leadership has focused on two issues - tort reform and allowing the sale of policies across state lines - as way to tamp down health-care costs.
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Health Care Reform: To Be or Not To Be?
MFH presentation on impacts of no reforms or passage
On March 4, 2010, Missouri Foundation for Health gave a presentation at a St. Louis Business Journal seminar on the status of federal health reform. Around 200 people attended and were able to ask questions about proposed federal health reforms.
The seminar covered:
- Who is impacted if no reforms are passed,
- Where does federal legislation stand,
- What reforms are in the proposals, and
- How could reforms impact people and businesses in Missouri.
Video and the slides from the presentation are available at www.covermissouri.org.
Additionally, this week, March 14 - 20, is Cover the Uninsured Week, a national effort to highlight that too many Americans are living without health insurance. In Missouri, there are events planned around the state this week and in April. Please click here to learn more about Cover the Uninsured Week and find a local event.
Cover the Uninsured Week is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.