Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is optimistic that GOP may come around on Medicaid expansion, plus other top political and policy stories.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Dr. Wit A. Jamry reportedly pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud this week.
(Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) *NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the physician was not employed by Des Peres Hospital. A doctor who reportedly reportedly had offices at both Des Peres Hospital and St. Lukes Hospital pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud Wednesday. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dr. Wit A. Jamry, 62, admitted billing Medicare and Medicaid for services he had not performed. According to a Des Peres Hospital spokesperson, the physician was not employed by the hospital. "He is an independent physician who was on staff, but we had nothing to do with his practice," the hospital spokesperson stated to Patch. Quoting from the Post story: "…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
From gun control to expanding Medicaid, here are the top political and policy stories from Beyond November, a collaboration of the St. Louis Beacon, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A campaign kicked off Wednesday to expand coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Advocates say the move would cover an additional 250,000 Missourians.
Grassroots leaders and organizations in St. Louis converged Wednesday to announce a campaign to expand Medicaid coverage in Missouri, a move they say is critical for the state's working poor. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) During a press conference at Kirkwood Baptist Church, faith leaders, advocates and Medicaid customers called for Missouri to adopt legislation that expands coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Under the current system, Missouri does not offer Medicaid to single adults, unless they are disabled, and parents or caretakers with dependent children must make 25 percent of the FPL to receive Medicaid. (See PDF for comparison of current …