Former MO Republican Senator, Charlie Shields, now serves as CEO of the two-hospital Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. This Q&A highlights Shields' unique perspective on the ACA and Medicaid expansion in Missouri.
Affton resident, Edward Wilson, responds in disappointment to GOP legislation filed by Sen. Elect Bob Onder (R-02).
LaDonna Applebaum went without health insurance for years until she bought a plan on HealthCare.gov last year. Shortly after purchasing coverage, her husband was in a ski accident and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without coverage, the couple would have faced bankruptcy and had to forgo some treatments.
To date, Missouri has failed to expand its Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." As a result, federal dollars that would normally flow to underserved areas are being transferred to states that have expanded their programs. This loss of funding has major implications for health care in our state especially for those in areas of poverty and who are underserved. One particularly susceptible area is rural Missouri.
By Virginia Young
November 18, 2014
Though Republican leaders in the Missouri General Assembly have already doused any hopes for Medicaid expansion next year, lobbyist and former U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond is rounding up supporters to push for it.
Bond teamed up with state Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, today to announce that Missouri's military veterans organizations support expanding and reforming the joint state and federal health care program for the poor.
By Anna Mathews
November 11, 2014
The future of Truman Medical Centers, a two-hospital safety-net system here, depends on the state legislature—and no one understands that better than its new chief executive, Charlie Shields.
Mr. Shields, a genial 55-year-old, spent 20 years as a Republican lawmaker, ending up as the leader of the Missouri Senate before term limits forced him to step down. In 2010, he became chief operating officer of one of Truman’s hospitals, and in July he succeeded longtime Truman CEO John W. Bluford III.
The state of Kansas City's mental health care services is dire, according to a new documentary. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Price's Lost Minds: KC's Mental Health Crisis focuses on the growing number of fraught confrontations between severely mentally ill people and police on Kansas City's streets.
As the state – and his reputation – seeks to move beyond Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is rekindling his longstanding pitch in favor of expanding Medicaid.
If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they'll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states – while receiving nothing in return.
By Dylan Scott
July 31, 2012
Americans slightly favor states' volutarily expanding their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Kaiser found that 49 percent of Americans support the idea of states' expanding Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (the new ACA threshold) with the understanding that the federal government would initially cover all of the costs and states would eventually be responsible for 10 percent.