For the last decade, the U.S. has made steady progress on insuring its children — specifically moving from about 10 percent of children being uninsured in 2008 to about 5% in 2016. Troublingly, that trend seemed to go in the opposite direction in 2017, according to a recent report by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families (CCF).
Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies presented Representative David Wood with the Champion of Children Award at its conference in Springfield, Missouri, November 13. Representative Wood, a Missouri House member who serves Morgan and parts of Moniteau and Miller Counties, has truly championed the causes of Missouri’s most vulnerable children during his six years in office.
Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson this week was appointed director of the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for nearly 1 million Missourians.
Richardson, 41, will start as the director of MO HealthNet (the state’s Medicaid program) on Nov. 1, resigning from the state House of Representatives two months before his final House term is scheduled to end. First elected to the House in 2011, Richardson would be unable to run for re-election due to term limits.
Missouri’s rural areas are lagging behind their urban counterparts when it comes to health coverage – and the state’s decision to decline the federal expansion of Medicaid is a significant factor, according to a study published this month.