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Push to limit local health orders during pandemics in Missouri dies on bipartisan vote

BY: - March 25, 2021

More than a year into the COVID-19 virus’ spread in Missouri, a push to restrain local officials’ authority to issue restrictions in future pandemics died on the Senate floor early Thursday morning after it failed to receive enough votes needed to win initial approval. Senate Bill 12, a combination of a handful of bills sponsored […]

Aaliyah Bailey and her two-year old daughter, A’miyah Lehde-Bailey.

Emails show months-long backlog of payments to Missouri child care providers

BY: - March 19, 2021

For Aaliyah Bailey, a single mom in St. Peters, Missouri’s child care subsidy program wasn’t there when she needed it most. The first time she applied for the subsidy, which offers a sliding scale payment system for eligible low-income families and foster children, was in December. But she contracted COVID and missed the 10-day window […]

After outrage over unused vaccines at rural clinics, Parson vows more KC, STL events

BY: - March 1, 2021

Last week, multiple mass vaccination events in rural areas neared the end of the day with hundreds of doses still on hand — prompting health departments to take to social media and encourage anyone to come for fear doses would be wasted. “We have ample vaccine still available that needs to be administered today,” the […]

‘Ready to give up’: Eligible Missourians struggle to find vaccine appointments

BY: - February 23, 2021

Darlene Davis has been searching for an available vaccine appointment in the Kansas City area at least three times a day. In her search, Davis, a 77-year old nurse who lives in Independence, developed a routine checking sites online for appointments. “I go in the morning when I get up at six. I go about […]

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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

BY: - February 22, 2021

Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 […]

Sara Hart Weir and Kasey Kittell stand side by side smiling

For disability-rights advocate advising Missouri vaccine plan, the work is personal

BY: - February 19, 2021

Over two decades ago, Kasey Kittell opened Sara Hart Weir’s eyes to a population of people who are often overlooked. Kittell was born with Down syndrome, a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome that can cause a range of developmental and intellectual disabilities. The two met when Kittell was entering high school […]

Student Wearing Mask in Classroom

School choice bills have been pushed in Missouri for years. Will the pandemic pave the way?

BY: - February 17, 2021

Missouri’s legislative leaders have spent the last decade vowing to pass significant school-choice legislation. Yet despite massive GOP majorities in both the House and the Senate, they often fall short. Since the expansion of charter schools into unaccredited districts in 2012, attempts to push through education reform have crashed into a wall of resistance year […]

‘At the whims of the state’: Confusion persists for Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccinators

BY: - February 12, 2021

When the St. Louis County Department of Public Health saw itself listed among the hospitals expected to receive thousands of vaccines last week, it came as a surprise.  No one had told the health department or hospital systems that was the plan, or even what that meant — setting off days of confusion over where […]

Missouri may see nearly 65,000 fewer COVID vaccine doses through the end of year

BY: - December 23, 2020

Missouri is expected to receive “a significant decrease” of about 55,575 fewer doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and 9,350 fewer doses of Moderna’s through the end of the year, state health department officials told vaccinators in a planning meeting Tuesday. For the week of Dec. 21-27, Missouri is slated to receive 26,325 fewer doses of Pfizer’s […]

In Missouri mental health facilities, COVID surged. Staff say policies are patchwork

BY: - December 18, 2020

More than 1,500 coronavirus cases have been reported across Missouri’s Department of Mental Health offices and facilities since the start of September — a figure that’s nearly five times larger than the previous six months combined. Those cases represent staff and patients in state-run mental health hospitals and department offices in roughly 20 communities throughout […]

Missouri’s first COVID vaccine doses are on the way. How do you get people to take them?

BY: - December 14, 2020

Nestled in the pages of Missouri’s initial plan for how to distribute the highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine was a paragraph touting that “Missouri’s population understands the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.” A month later, in a revised version of the report, the paragraph was gone.  Instead, the updated plan featured a new section that targeted […]

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Census survey reveals COVID-19’s devastating impact in Missouri

BY: - December 4, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Missourians are struggling to get by during our coronavirus public health emergency, including children, according to the recently released U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. While 40.8 percent of Missouri households report losing income since March, families with children under 18 have been especially impacted, with 51.4 percent reporting income loss. […]