New rules for Medicaid managed care: What do they mean for Missouri?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new rules, the first in over a decade, for Medicaid managed programs. These rules “would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in…

Ferguson: It’s time to stop studying, already

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published an editorial titled, “A defining moment.” The editorial states that by creating a Ferguson Commission,,Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon “has set the table for important, potentially groundbreaking conversations.” The governor says that the commission “will need to be led by the region’s great academic institutions, by professionals who will let…

The “Cardinal Way”: A model for MO legislature, and others, too

After the St. Louis Cardinals won the [2013] National League Championship Series, it was reported that a rookie player, Seth Maness, said, “It’s a team concept. … Putting the team first is expected of you.” I am optimistic that “the Cardinal Way” will be the attitude in our Legislature with regard to expanding/transforming our Missouri…

Blue voices in a red room: Notes from an Obamacare “informational” town hall

What could be better on Constitution Day than a traditional American town meeting?  What a perfect way to celebrate the document that is a testament to our liberties and that ensures our rights such as the right to freedom of speech. On Constitution Day, September 17, 2013 I attended the Obamacare town hall meeting sponsored…

Asparagus disparity: Mountain, molehill or symbol of racial inequality?

In the national response to the Zimmerman trial, at rallies across the country, we hear from the bullhorns the outrage over police profiling minorities in traffic stops, the injustice displayed in our criminal courts and the fear of parents for the safety of their black and Hispanic children.  There have been calls, even from President…

Legislators against Medicaid expansion wait in the wings to say, “I told you so.”

Recently, Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, wrote about the “practical effects of the Affordable Care Act. His remarks clarified for me that Missouri legislators are readying themselves for a role as a Greek chorus, where they can affirm, “Yes, we were right, Obamacare is a disaster! It just doesn’t work.”  But what isn’t…

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