Gov. Parson signs HB 604

Missouri will become the last state to enforce federal mental health parity act

BY: - September 7, 2021

Under a new state law that went into effect late last month, Missouri will become the final state to enforce a federal law designed to ensure mental health care is covered by insurance providers the same as treatments for physical ailments. The provisions were included in House Bill 604, an omnibus insurance bill sponsored by […]

An empty pre-school classroom with wooden desks.

Missouri launches Office of Childhood to expand services for children and families

BY: - September 3, 2021

Missouri’s new Office of Childhood officially launched Monday with a mission to transform the landscape of early childhood in the state for years to come. The office’s ultimate goal: to expand the services the state offers for children and families and make it easier for them to be accessed in order to support the best […]

Missouri awards no-bid contract to boost staffing, antibody treatments, field hospitals

BY: - August 31, 2021

A Texas-based company stands to earn upwards of $30 million in Missouri through a no-bid emergency contract to provide healthcare staffing, antibody treatment centers and alternative care sites. The move comes after some states spent millions over the course of the pandemic on private companies to bolster their healthcare infrastructure, but found by the time […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

Records document millions spent by Missouri agencies under emergency COVID authority

BY: - August 24, 2021

It was mid-March 2020 and the pandemic was unfolding in quick succession. Less than a week after the first suspected COVID-19 case in Missouri was identified in St. Louis County, Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency. Days later, the state’s Office of Administration (OA) took an unprecedented step: It granted emergency authorization allowing […]

Student Wearing Mask in Classroom

As Missouri students head back to class, state launches new COVID testing program

BY: - August 23, 2021

Monday marks the first day of school for thousands of students across Missouri and it’s also when schools can begin enrolling in a new federally-funded testing program aimed at helping facilitate a safe return to the classroom. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday evening that Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., a Boston, Massachusetts-based biotechnology […]

COVID vaccine administered

AARP calls for vaccine mandates as COVID re-enters Missouri nursing homes

BY: and - August 16, 2021

With cases on the rise among both residents and staff, the nation’s leading advocacy group for the retirees is calling on nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. The number of COVID-19 cases reported each week in Kansas and Missouri nursing homes is rising again for the first time in months. Missouri, where weekly cases averaged […]

COVID vaccine administered

Less than half of Missouri nursing home staff vaccinated, reviving fear of lockdowns

BY: and - August 9, 2021

Many of the staff and residents in Shunda Whitfield’s St. Louis County nursing home were sick before they even realized what was going on.  It was April 2020, and masks weren’t yet standard practice. Little was known about COVID before it swept through nursing homes, and as a certified nursing assistant, Whitfield said she “didn’t […]

Springfield officials: Cancelled request for temporary hospital not sign COVID crisis abated

BY: and - July 29, 2021

A request for a temporary hospital was canceled because the state was too slow to act and local providers made emergency accommodations, not because the Delta variant crisis has diminished, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Thursday afternoon. Gov. Mike Parson cited a decline in cases in Greene County and surrounding areas when his office […]

After relying on local officials to combat COVID, Parson signs limit on health orders

BY: - June 15, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson’s strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 was simple: local officials know best. Statewide mandates emanating from Jefferson City didn’t make sense in a state as diverse as Missouri, Parson argued amid the pandemic’s peak while rebuffing calls for him to take statewide action. But on Tuesday Parson signed a bill curbing […]

Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 63

Governor signs bill ending Missouri’s designation as last state without a PDMP

BY: - June 7, 2021

With the swipe of a pen Monday, Missouri will soon become the last state in the nation to establish a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. After nearly a decade of failed attempts, Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 63, sponsored by Sen. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, into law. The bill establishes a system that allows physicians […]

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives celebrate the close of the 2021 legislative session

Bill shielding Missouri businesses from most COVID-related lawsuits heads to governor

BY: - May 14, 2021

In the last hour of the 2021 legislative session, the Missouri House sent a sweeping bill that would shield businesses from most COVID related lawsuits to the governor’s desk. Despite an attempt to kill Senate Bill 51 in the final minutes of the session, it was passed out of the House by a vote of […]

Missouri lawmakers send bill to prevent abuse in religious reform schools to governor

BY: - May 13, 2021

Inspired by horrific stories of abuse and neglect that former students experienced at unlicensed religious reform schools in Missouri, lawmakers sent to the governor’s desk a bill Thursday that aims to provide greater oversight and better protections for students. House Bill 557, which was sponsored by Reps. Rudy Veit, R-Wardsville, and Keri Ingle, D-Lee’s Summit, […]