- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Police: Woman arrested after meth found hidden in pants (5/26/17)2
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Health reform: Peace of mind
Federal health reform will affect all Missourians, and so it is imperative that all Missourians have access to accurate information about the policies being discussed. Unfortunately, opponents of reform are injecting misleading claims and outright falsities into the debate, making it difficult for people to understand what this reform will mean for them.
The major components of federal health-care reform provide security and peace of mind for Missouri's families and businesses. New insurance reforms will include restrictions on denying coverage or increasing costs due to pre-existing conditions. And it will provide 135,000 Missouri small businesses with tax credits and affordable health-care options for their employees.
Federal health-care reform will ensure that 92,800 Missouri seniors, and tens of thousands of Missourians with a disability, have access to comprehensive prescription drugs. It will also strengthen Medicaid and ensure low- and middle-income families will have access to health care, even if they lose their job.
All Missourians will benefit from reform that ensures we can get a fair price for health care and have access to affordable insurance choices, regardless of our employment status or medical conditions. Missourians deserve to be given the facts of such a critical policy issue. The Missouri Budget Project has a series of analyses and fact sheets on our website, www.mobudget.org, to make sure that we all have access to this important information.
AMY BLOUIN, Executive Director, Missouri Budget Project, St. Louis