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February 26, 2013
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News for and about nurses in the Midwest

  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Mo. Medicaid expansion plan fails to pass House committee
    The Missouri House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee rejected a bill supported by Democrats to expand Medicaid, and Republicans said they would file legislation to transform the program and eliminate inefficiencies. House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican, said the bill would save money and focus on care for minors, older adults and people with disabilities. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Political Fix blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. hospitals urge lawmakers to reject Medicaid resolution
    Kansas hospital officials urged lawmakers to reject a resolution expressing opposition to expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act. Republicans said the price of expanding the program to cover an additional 150,000 people would be too high. The Kansas Hospital Association countered that failing to do so could cost community hospitals $1.3 billion for the care of uninsured patients. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Data show midwife-led birth centers have cost, outcome benefits
    Owners of the New Birth Company in Overland Park, Kan., said their experience supports a study from the American Association of Birth Centers that found women at midwife-led birth centers had reduced costs and were less likely to have a cesarean delivery than those who delivered at hospitals. CEO Cathy Gordon, a nurse practitioner, said complication risks mean hospital maternity services always will be needed but most mothers can be helped by midwives. Shawnee Dispatch (Kan.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mo. study sheds light on what tanning salons tell customers
    Researchers surveyed operators at 243 indoor tanning facilities in Missouri and found that almost two-thirds said they accept customers as young as 10 or 12 years old, sometimes without parental consent. Workers at 43% of the businesses said there were no health risks linked to indoor tanning, and almost twice as many said tanning provided protection against sunburns. A bill in the Missouri Legislature would require parental consent for anyone under 17 to use an indoor facility's tanning device. Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau)/The Associated Press (2/26), Reuters (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Participate in the MONA Regional Advocacy Network
    Want to learn more about the legislative process and how MONA advocates for you at the Missouri Capitol? RSVP today to participate in one or more MONA Regional Advocacy Network events. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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