Research Category: Policy


Budget Basics: Family & Community Supports

February 1, 2017

Missouri’s budget supports a number of services that are aimed at promoting healthy and stable families, individuals, and communities. Very little general revenue is used to fund these programs and most are funded entirely with federal dollars.


Budget Basics: Child Welfare

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...


Medicaid in Missouri

January 1, 2017

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 977,000 low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Missouri. Medicaid is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes. Federal policy proposals could fundamentally change the...


Medicaid in Kansas

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 416,000 low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Kansas. Medicaid is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes. Federal policy proposals could fundamentally change the...


Overtime Final Rule and the Non-Profit Sector

June 24, 2016

Overtime Final Rule: The Department of Labor’s final overtime rule updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”) exemption to ensure that the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) intended overtime protections are fully implemented, and it provides greater clarity for white collar workers and their...


Policy Statement on Funding Mechanisms for School-Based Health Services

January 20, 2016

School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning.


Policy Statement on Medicaid and Access to Care

The Kansas and Missouri Medicaid programs currently offer no coverage to childless adults and very low income eligibility limits for parents. Absent Medicaid expansion, the coverage system in both Missouri and Kansas has a large coverage gap that leaves hundreds of thousands of residents behind, because they make too much...


Policy Statement on Increasing the Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

Tobacco21 policies increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Since most teens report getting their tobacco products from older teens, Tobacco21 policies cut off the supply chain to reduce teen smoking. Over 80% of area high school seniors are older than 18 on graduation day; they are...


Policy Statement on Increasing Tobacco Pricing

Higher tobacco prices reduce smoking, particularly by young adults, low-income smokers, and pregnant women. HCF’s continued involvement and pressure around increased tobacco pricing is an important force to ensure that increased tobacco taxes are public health tools, rather than used purely to generate revenue.


Insights Audit: MO HealthNet Reform Context Report

November 23, 2015

Originally intended to be a mandatory requirement, the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling effectively made Medicaid expansion optional for states. To finance the expansion, states receive 100 percent federal matching funds through 2016, 95 percent federal match in 2017, 94 percent in 2018, 93 percent in 2019, and 90 percent...

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