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 […]


Tax proposal that makes dollars and sense for Kansas

Kansas is broke. The Legislature needs to raise $1 billion to $2 billion in new revenue just to get through the next two years. Plus, the Legislature needs to come up with a new plan – and revenue — to fund K-12 education and comply with a state Supreme Court ruling. Each Kansas household – […]


Public health policy: an unassuming name for some truly life-saving programs

This may sound odd, coming from a physician, but I believe that the general public and, in particular, public policy makers, place too much emphasis on medical care and too little emphasis on the other determinants of health. I believe that a country as productive and wealthy as ours should be able to provide a […]


The great Kansas comeback

I am a fiercely proud native Kansan and believe two things to the core of my being: That Kansas is the greatest state in the nation and that Kansans are good people. When historians reflect on Kansas, they always seem to make note of a unique, collective mindset among its people. We’ve been described as […]


Experience informs 2017 policy agenda

This past week, we published our 2017 policy agenda, found here on our website. Setting policy goals is an annual activity for us and one that requires much consideration from both internal and external sources about our previous year’s policy results, the political and economic climate, and health trends. It’s neither a quick nor easy process […]


Independence tobacco-free policies begin in 2017

It is widely known that the use of tobacco products and secondhand smoke exposure put many at risk for tobacco-related health conditions that include: cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases. To make matters worse, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people each year in the United States, with most adults becoming addicted to tobacco products before […]



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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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