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Radio Story - The Public Counsel office wants an emergency clause added to the "Cold Weather Rule".
Newspaper Story - Recent cuts and eligibility reductions to Missouri Medicaid have the hardest effect on women, according to a report released yesterday by the National Women's Law Center.
Radio Story - Federal funds will help committee develop policies to protect children.
Radio Story - Organizations like the Missouri Red Cross that helped with hurricane relief efforts in the state will be reimbursed by the federal government.
Radio Story - The Department of Social Services resports Medicaid transportaition service is improving. Spokeswoman Deborah Scott reports 31 new ambulances, 48 more phone lines and extra personnel have been added. Scott says since last week no-shows are down by half.
Newspaper Story - Missourians seeking federal help to pay their energy bills has more than doubled.
Newspaper Story - During an event aiming to educate people about homelessness in Missouri, more than 5,000 shoes lined the state Capitol steps -- one pair for every 10 Missourians who experience homelessness.
Radio Story - Committee Chairperson Liz Hagar-Mace says the Medicaid cuts could drive the poor into homelessness.
Newspaper Story - The commission charged with reforming the state health care system switched its discussion yesterday from changing coverage to changing behavior.
Newspaper Story - Recent upset election lead Missouri democrats to claim future victories.
Radio Story - The Governor's Office says a new contract is to blame for delays, but Democrat Jeff Harris says the delays should have been prevented.
Radio Story - The Medicaid Reform Commission met to discuss how new technology and screening recipients for risk behaviors can save the program money.
Radio Story - Audit criticizes Department of Social Services adoption database.
Radio Story - SEMA sponsored an all-day training session for case workers of hurricane evacuees.
Radio Story - The four hundred thousand dollar provides four counselors based in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Cape Girardeau to advise approximately fifteen thousand evacuees throughout Missouri.
Newspaper Story - Missouri will recover $21 million from a $567 million multi-state settlement with Serono Laboratories, which illegally marketed the AIDS drug Serostim.
Newspaper Story - If approved by Missouri voters, the cigarette tax increase and stem-cell research protection measures would be immune to legislative tampering.
Radio Story - Katrina victims in Missouri are getting food stamps and Medicaid.
Radio Story - An initial group has come out in opposition to a petition drive attempting to a get a tobacco tax increase on the ballot.
Newspaper Story - Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office found approximately $5 million in Medicaid budget cuts could have been retained.
Radio Story - Republicans say the move is neccessary to save time, but Democrats say it silences the voice of poor, rural Missourians.
Newspaper Story - More than 800,000 Missourians who are over 65 or disabled will soon be faced with a multitude of options for privatized prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Newspaper Story - Government control over medical-industry expansion would be eased under a plan before Gov. Matt Blunt's government review commission.
Newspaper Story - House passes an abortion restriction bill with an overwhelming 115-35 vote in favor.
Radio Story - The Missouri Department of Social Services is working to ensure that Hurricane evacuees are reciving the government assistance they need.
Newspaper Story - After a house committee hearing, a bill adding abortion restrictions was approved.
Radio Story - Governor Matt Blunt said 1500 evacuees have already arrived in Missouri and St. Louis is getting prepared for a possible 2000 more.
Radio Story - Friday morning major units from Columbia, Fulton, and Maryville left for New Orleans to provide aid.
Radio Story - Thousands of Missourians will be without much needed medical supplies unless one lawsuit is successful.
Radio Story - Ten public interest organizations are suing the state to stop the Medicaid cuts that take effect this week.
Newspaper Story - As thousands of Missouri adults lose Medicaid coverage because of cutbacks effective Sept. 1, Missouri's welfare agency says it does not have a plan to track the impact of the cuts on those who lose medical coverage.
Radio Story - A Democratic filibuster shelved an abortion bill.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate passed a bill restoring funding to First Steps, the program for children with special needs.
Radio Story - Both houses of the Missouri legislature passed the budget, which will now be sent to Gov. Matt Blunt.
Newspaper Story - Completing its work one day early, the legislature approved a $19.2 billion budget that cuts more than 90,000 people from Medicaid while increasing funding to the foundation formula by $113 million
Radio Story - Floor debates began today over the 2006 fiscal year budget. Lawmakers spent the early afternoon discussing the elementary and secondary education budget
Newspaper Story - The budget conference committee restored House appropriations to higher education while curtailing the Medicaid program.
Radio Story - New bill means state can choose to fund or not to fund wheelchairs.
Radio Story - The House General Laws Committee passed Senate Bill 500. The bill would pass some of the cost of First Steps to both parents and insurance companies.
Radio Story - Governor Blunt signed the bill cutting healthcare to nearly 100,000 Missourians.
Radio Story - The tax is for managed care providers to generate more money for the state Medicaid program.
Radio Story - The Senate Appropriations committee passed their version of the Missouri budget to the full Senate.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Appropriations Committee's 5 percent cut to higher education permitted it to reduce some of the Medicaid cuts in the House budget.
Radio Story - Claire McCaskill says she needs more access into tax data to be sure what tax programs are working for Missouri citizens.
Radio Story - The house version of the state budget adds $170 million to education, while cutting $370 for social services.
Newspaper Story - A Senate filibuster stopped a bill to allow motorcyclists to choose to wear helmets while the House gave final approval to the state budget.
Radio Story - One University of Missouri professor says the bullfrog is a pest. Kansas City Representative Susan Phillips says she doesn't care about the arguments against her bill.
Radio Story - An estimated 100,000 people will be cut from Medicaid and the program will end in 2008.
Radio Story - The House of Representatives passed the bill that will cut an estimated 100,00 Missourians off Medicaid and terminate the program in 2008.
Newspaper Story - The House passed the Senate's version of a bill that would cut 89,000 people off Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - House lawmakers opened debate on Gov. Matt Blunt's Medicaid cuts.
Radio Story - The bill to cut Medicaid would also eliminate the program in 2008.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers propose bills trying to prevent cases like Terri Schiavo's.
Radio Story - The Republicans proposed a budget that increases K-12 spending while cutting money to social services
Radio Story - Wheeler says the bill would force pharmacists to fill prescriptions like the morning after pill regardless of their personal religous beliefs.
Newspaper Story - House hearing on Medicaid stretches into the night
Radio Story - A key part of Governor Matt Blunt's plan to slash Medicaid went before a House Committee.
Newspaper Story - Protesters came to the capital today to sway Gov. Blunt and other legislators to change their minds on the proposed Medicaid cuts. They spoke on behalf of the disabled.
Radio Story - Missouri's legislature takes a week off, after giving business major bills before the break.
Newspaper Story - Following a passionate debate in which Democratic senators questioned the morality of Republicans voting in favor of bill to cut people off Medicaid, the Senate gave final approval to the bill.
Radio Story - The Missouri Senate sent a bill to cut Medicaid to the House.
Newspaper Story - The Senate voted along party lines to add an amendment that would end the state Medicaid program in 2008.
Newspaper Story - Dems filibuster Medicaid cut
Radio Story - A top Republican is gearing up for Medicaid debates.
Radio Story - The Republicans haven't caved, and the Democrats haven't given up; the future of medicaid is still up in the air.
Radio Story - St. Louis City Senator Pat Dougherty says the debate should last well into the night.
Radio Story - Democrat Pat Dougherty will filibuster the proposed medicaid cuts, which are on the schedule for the Senate.
Radio Story - Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty from St. Louis City spent the afternoon preparing his attacks on the bill to cut medicaid.
Radio Story - With no debate or amendments, a Missouri Senate committee passed a bill to cut more than 20,000 people off Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Matt Blunt's hand-picked commission to increase efficiency met for the first time Tuesday morning.
Radio Story - In an effort to squeeze more money from the Missouri government, Governor Matt Blunt has formed a commission to reduce state bureaucracy. Blunt has asked a group of Missouri business leaders, citizens, former state employees and the Lieutenant Governor to review how state agencies are organized. Blunt says the commission could recommend cutting state services, consolidating agencies, and eliminating positions.
Radio Story - A bill aimed at stopping minors from getting abortions in Illinois has passed its first vote.
Newspaper Story - Protestors gather for Medicaid cuts hearing
Radio Story - The committee will hear testimony on three bills that could affect health care for Missourians.
Newspaper Story - Workers' Comp bill passes House
Radio Story - A Senate bill would open up construction projects using public money to contractors employing non-union workers.
Radio Story - Director of the Department of Mental Health said that there will not be a drastic push for closure of Bellefontaine.
Newspaper Story - A House committee passed along a partisan line a bill that would limit the workers' compensation program.
Radio Story - Senator calls for tax on adult entertainment stores.
Radio Story - Senator Kit Bond is asking the Federal government to provide five hundred million dollars to Parents as Teachers, an early childhood development program. In the program, parent educators meet with families to encourage healthy childhood development. Bond began the program as governor in 1980.
Newspaper Story - Sen. Bond announced today his proposal for the "Education Begins at Home Act." The bill will provide $400 million over three years to states to expand parent education and family services.
Radio Story - Blunt nominated a Public Safety Director and a Deputy to oversee Homeland Security.
Newspaper Story - With the exception of Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Jackson, all the Democrats voted against the bill due to concerns that it unfairly targets workers.
Radio Story - First Step supporters gather at the governor's office to deliver petitions.
Radio Story - First Steps supporters argue that the program is the only program that addresses children's developmental problems before the child grows past the window of opportunity.
Newspaper Story - Workers' Comp bill wins first round approval.
Newspaper Story - After discussions involving a handful of senators, a bill that would tighten requirements for eligibility in the state worker's compensation program will likely see floor debate on Wednesday and Thursday.
Radio Story - Stephanie Edwards lives below the poverty line and worries how she will pay for her diabetic son's healthcare once she is dropped from Medicaid.
Newspaper Story - Wal-Mart employees will be some of the hardest hit by Gov. Blunt's proposed Medicaid cuts. That's because they can't afford the health coverage Wal-Mart offers its employees.
Radio Story - Saint Louis County Senator Rita Days has proposed a bill banning the use of credit scores to determine insurance rates. Supporters of current law say the ban could drive business from Missouri. The former state Insurance Director disagrees.
Radio Story - The NAACP held a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol and several members were upset with Blunt's cuts on healthcare.
Newspaper Story - Despite a campaign not to reduce Medicaid eligibility, Blunt called for a budget that would cut the benefits for 110,000 Missourians.
Radio Story - Blunt budget plan would cut 89,000 from Medicaid rolls.
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