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Court weighs appeal of Missouri ruling that struck down local power to impose COVID-19 orders

BY: - August 30, 2022

KANSAS CITY — A coalition of counties and local health centers on Tuesday urged judges on the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals to review a lower court’s ruling that struck down state health regulations regarding the control of infectious diseases. Attorneys for St. Louis County, Jackson County, the administrator of the Cooper County Public […]

States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars to tackle COVID health disparities

BY: , and - May 17, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities, the largest federal funding initiative designed specifically to help underserved communities hardest hit by the virus. Two months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grants to […]

Control of Title X federal family planning funds remains with Missouri nonprofit

BY: - April 1, 2022

Despite facing competition from state health department, the nonprofit Missouri Family Health Council Inc. will continue to administer federal Title X family planning funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $250 million in Title X funding this week, including $5.3 million to Missouri. That money help pay for contraception counseling […]

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First COVID case of the omicron variant found in Missouri

BY: and - December 3, 2021

The omicron variant of COVID-19 has made its way to Missouri, with the first case announced Friday. In a news release, the Department of Health and Senior Services said it was notified by public health partners of a presumed positive case for the variant that came from a St. Louis resident who had recently traveled […]

Parson announces vaccine incentive lottery with $10,000 prizes, picks new health director

BY: - July 21, 2021

In a bid to increase vaccination rates to combat the Delta variant’s growing spread, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday an incentive program that will feature chances to win $10,000 for those who get a shot. Parson was also joined Wednesday by Donald Kauerauf, a former assistant director in the Illinois Department of Public Health, […]

Judge rejects residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

BY: - June 28, 2021

A federal judge last week blocked Missouri from enforcing a requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that the residency requirement violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that legalized medical marijuana requires facilities to […]

Court orders state to turn over records related to Missouri medical marijuana program

BY: - May 18, 2021

A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that Missouri regulators were wrong to withhold copies of successful medical marijuana applications from litigants who are appealing a denied license. The Missouri Court of Appeals in the Western District sided with a California-based company that argued it needs copies of those applications to prove it was wrongly denied […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Push for disclosure of Missouri medical marijuana records runs into veto threat

BY: - May 13, 2021

An effort by lawmakers to require disclosure of ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses was derailed on Thursday, when state regulators suggested a possible gubernatorial veto.  On Tuesday, the Missouri House voted to require the Department of Health and Senior Services provide legislative oversight committees with records regarding who owns the businesses licensed […]

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Missouri House votes to require disclosure of medical marijuana ownership records

BY: - May 11, 2021

The Missouri House voted Tuesday afternoon to require state regulators to turn over ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses to legislative oversight committees.  The amendment, which was approved 82-59, was sponsored by Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis. He said the Department of Health and Senior Service’s decision to deem ownership records confidential has […]

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office refuses to release resignation letter of former COO

BY: - May 4, 2021

The same day as Randall Williams’ sudden resignation as Missouri’s top health official, another key member of the executive branch left his job without any explanation. Drew Erdmann, chief operating officer for the governor’s office, also stepped down last month.  Unlike Williams, there was no press release acknowledging Erdmann’s departure. But just like Williams, Gov. […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital.

To tackle slowdown in vaccine demand, providers work to break down barriers to access

BY: and - April 23, 2021

When KC Care Health Center ramped up its COVID-19 vaccine rollout earlier this year, staff couldn’t keep up with demand. Doses went into patients’ arms as soon as they came in.  So when Missouri made all adult residents eligible for the vaccine a week-and-half ago, Adria Edwards, director of special projects for the federally qualified […]

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccinations are filled during MU Health Care’s vaccination clinic in the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Missouri to immediately pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots

BY: - April 13, 2021

Missouri will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as recommended by federal authorities who are investigating six instances of blood clots that have arisen after its use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued the recommendation Tuesday morning “out of an abundance of caution.” Shortly after, […]