Dueling Missouri Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a State Senate committee. One of the bills, though, is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal from ever becoming reality. Read Marshall Griffin’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Illinois Takes Step Toward Allowing Medical Marijuana

An Illinois House committee has approved a measure that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Nixon Tries New Tactic To Sway GOP On Medicaid Expansion

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is using a new tactic in an attempt to persuade Republican state lawmakers to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid: public safety.

Read Chris McDaniel’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

Read Robert Joiner’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

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Dempsey Denies Missouri Senate Republicans Are Reversing Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Tom Dempsey, president pro-tem of the Missouri Senate, is denying reports from some conservative bloggers that top Republicans are planning an about-face on Medicaid expansion.

Read Marshall Griffin’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Blind Services Facing Cuts In Missouri House

Services for the blind are again in the crosshairs of potential budget cuts in Missouri.

Read the Associated Press report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Obama, Congressional Leaders Fail To Avert Automatic Spending Cuts

Here are links to stories on the sequester from the Washington Post, C-Span, New York Times and Politico. 

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Local Governments, Universities Await Word On What To Do Under Sequestration

While area governments, hospitals and universities expect sequestration to require cuts in programs financed by the federal government, some aren’t sure which ones will be targeted.

Read Bob Joiner’s report at the St. Louis Beacon.

Listen to analysis on the issue from Joiner and Jo Mannies on the Beacon Roundtable podcast.

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Half A Million More Illinoisans One Step Closer To Medicaid Eligibility

An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois. The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday. The bill now goes to the House.  Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Two Separate Missouri House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House. Read Marshall Griffin’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.


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Feds Approve Managed Care Plan For High Cost Illinois Residents

More than 135,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid will be assigned to a managed care health plan by early next year, if they don’t opt out of a new program to coordinate their care.

Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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