Policy agenda: strengthening regional drug monitoring

A year ago, I had the opportunity to write a blog about prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and the regional efforts that we hoped would come to fruition in 2017. I am pleased to be able to write a new entry this year, that celebrates the work being done in Jackson County and 35 other counties […]


HCF releases two-year policy agenda

Whew, these are some challenging times in health policy, and not a single one is a simple fix. Between repeal/replace attempts at the federal level, a steady drumbeat of ACA-related executive orders, dormant efforts at expanding Medicaid (looking at you here, Missouri), and a groundswell of interest from area cities that are taking the reins […]


Need insurance? Marketplace open enrollment is just around the corner

Last-minute changes at the federal level to the health insurance marketplace are causing confusion among many consumers. Some people are wondering if they can still get insurance or if they will lose coverage they already have. “It’s important for consumers to know the 2018 marketplace opens for business Nov. 1,” said Molly Moffett, program manager […]


Kansans suggest ways to improve KanCare

About 1 in 5 Americans is covered by Medicaid, making it the single largest insurance program in the US. Medicaid is a critical safety net program for low-income individuals, many of whom have chronic mental and physical health conditions. The majority of state Medicaid programs now contract with managed care organizations to provide Medicaid services. […]


Why block grants are so troublesome

Although the U.S. Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we remain vigilant to monitoring future attempts of replacing the current health care system. We have always advocated that any adjustments to the federal health care laws should be more inclusive to all Americans and should impose fewer restrictions to access quality […]


Learning about Missouri Medicaid from consumers

The Medicaid program has generated considerable attention and debate over much of its 50-year history. Despite the attention, it is disheartening that there is still so little public understanding and so much misinformation regarding how the program works, serving the disabled, elderly and low income people of our country. This information disconnect is aided by […]


A ‘pathway’ to better Medicaid for Missouri

We live in a country where health care is a constant topic of debate. There are widely varying views on how it should be delivered, how to reduce costs, and how to improve health outcomes. So when the HCF team, Kelly Ferrara from StratCommRX and I began the research of identifying preferences among a broad […]


Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass health care legislation. We advocated that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. We are again advocating that any changes to the current health care coverage protect the most vulnerable around us. What is […]


The AHCA and KanCare: Plan will harm vulnerable Kansans, state budget

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, will profoundly change Kansas’ Medicaid program, KanCare. The bill is currently under fast track consideration in the U.S. Senate. For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been a health coverage safety net to the most vulnerable Americans – […]


Medicaid is an essential part of Missouri’s communities

Medicaid is a long-standing important safety net program that keeps our communities strong and healthy by creating access to health insurance that participants would not have otherwise. Citing concern about rising costs of the program, there have been recent proposals in both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to fundamentally change the way […]



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HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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