Gov. Nixon Says Study Shows Medicaid Inaction Is Costing Missouri Jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a statement regarding a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) showing health care job growth in Missouri is falling behind its peer states that have moved forward on Medicaid.

According to MERIC, health care job growth in Missouri has slowed to half what it was in 2011 and 2012. In addition, since January the average health care job growth rate in peer states that expanded Medicaid was more than double that of Missouri’s.

Nixon Proposes MO Health Works To Reduce Small Businesses Health Costs

Plan will help small businesses provide health insurance for their employees, avoid penalties under the ACA.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce to announce his Missouri Health Works plan to help small businesses provide health insurance for their employees and ease burdens under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Mercy Clinic Adds OB/GYN in Hermann

Bruce Glover, DO, of Mercy Clinic Women’s Health joins Hermann office.

HERMANN, Mo. – Women in the Hermann region can now see a Mercy Clinic obstetrician and gynecologist close to home.

Bruce Glover, DO, is seeing patient at the Hermann office on the first and third Monday of each month. He is the only board-certified OB/GYN seeing patients in the area. The specialty office is located at Hermann Area District Hospital, 509 West 18th St. in Hermann. Dr. Glover, who is part of Mercy Clinic Women’s Health in Washington, will provide general women’s health services including well woman exams, routine gynecological and obstetrical care and some office procedures.

Prepare For Health Care Costs In Retirement

By Jim Stiles, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in New Haven, Mo.

As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home? Pursuing your hobbies? People often think and plan for these costs.

Yet, too often, many of us overlook what potentially could be a major expense during our retirement years: health care. By preparing for these costs, you can help yourself enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

Many of us may ignore the impact of health care costs because we just assume Medicare will pay for everything. But that’s not the case. In estimating health care costs during retirement, you may find that $4,000 to $6,000 per year per person for traditional medical expenses is a good starting point, although the amount varies by individual.

Alzheimer's The Topic At ECC’s April 11th Forum

UNION, Mo. - With the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias expected to escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages, Alzheimer’s has been chosen as the topic at a forum hosted by East Central College this Friday (April 11).

Kim VanCamp with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be the opening speaker at 12:30 p.m. Her presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions. All activities will be held in the Health & Science Building on the Union campus.

MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders To Partner With Mercy Autism Center

John Mantovani, left, and Steve Kanne, right, shake hands after announcing the planned partnership of the autism centers they lead.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Officials from the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have announced plans to partner with St. Louis-based Mercy Autism Center in order to expand clinical care, professional education and research for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

“This partnership will increase the Thompson Center’s ability to train more professionals, students and families in the best practices for autism care,” said Stephen Kanne, Thompson Center executive director. “In addition, working with Mercy will help the Thompson Center expand its research efforts and further develop clinical care for those affected by autism in the St. Louis area and throughout the state.”

RAND Corporation study shows increased costs for states that decline Medicaid dollars

Photo of Gov. Jay Nixon at Hermann Hospital when he spoke about his proposed expansion of Medicaid.

JEFFERSON CITY – An independent study emphasizes the importance of strengthening Medicaid in Missouri, and shows why Republican governors like Terry Branstad of Iowa are moving forward with Medicaid expansion in their states, Gov. Jay Nixon said today.  According to a study published yesterday by the RAND Corporation, states that choose not to strengthen Medicaid will increase spending on the cost of treating uninsured residents and forgo billions in federal dollars.

Business groups “uncomfortable” supporting Medicaid expansion

Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Speaker Tim Jones says business groups are uncomfortable with the fiscal impact of Medicaid expansion, despite their public push for Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to expand the program.

“I think the business groups are receiving a lot of pressure from those who would gain the most financially from medicaid expansion,” he said. “From talking to them privately, I’m not sure they’re very comfortable with their positions.”