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November 30, 2012Capitol Reports, November 30, 2012

MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members

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Headline:  A note from Phill [Entered: 11/30/2012]


Just a heads up that next week will be our last MPANews for the year. The week of Dec. 10, my reporters are in finals and will be heading back home as the week progresses. So I'm not sure how much news we will generate. It tends to be a slow period in the statehouse anyway. We'll have news that week. And, if you need another column from me, let me know. Otherwise, we'll be back the week of Jan. 7, 2013 when the legislative session begins.

I wanted to pass along a reminder that you're welcome to use as much of this report, any of our stories or any other information on MDN as you want without further permission.

But please remember that the students who produce the report use some of these stories in their portfolios. If you use the stories, be sure to include the students' bylines. It really means a lot to them. They're a really dedicated group in trying to help MPA newspapers as best they can. Feedback and bylines boost their morale tremendously.

The students' contact information is included in case ... continued

November 16, 2012Capitol Reports, November 16, 2012

MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members
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Headline:  A Thanksgiving note from Phill [Entered: 11/16/2012]


A heads-up about our schedule for the remainder of 2012. We will be off next week for Thanksgiving break, so there will be no MPANews that week.  

I'll post material on MDN.ORG if a major story breaks, but traditionally Thanksgiving is a pretty dead week in the statehouse.  

The following week, the first week of December, likely will be a heavy news week. It's the start of pre-filing of legislation for the 2013 session.  

MPANews will finish the year on December 14. All my student reporters will be gone (I too will be off a bit during the Christmas and New Year holidays).  

The legislature convenes Wednesday, January 9. We'll resume that week. A couple of my reporters are so dedicated that they've volunteered to help staff our coverage until the school semester begins.  

Finally, I apologize for the delay in getting last week's issue of MPANews emailed to you. It was a consequence of miscommunication (which I promise will not happen again). ... continued

November 16, 2012Legislative Committee minutes, November 16, 2012

The Missouri Press Association's Legislative ... continued

November 14, 2012Capitol Reports, November 2, 2012

MPANewsBook: Statehouse News for MPA Members
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Missouri running out of time to decide on expanding Medicaid [Entered: 10/29/2012]
By Brendan Cullerton

Linda Spence is a 63-year-old full-time student at University of Missouri-Kansas City. After losing her job as a Program Director on the campus of UMKC, she has no health insurance because she does not qualify for Medicaid.  

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for the federal government to force states to expand its Medicaid coverage, Missouri now has a choice of whether or not to expand Medicaid for people like Linda Spence.

The federal government will pay 100 percent of the financial burden imposed by Medicaid expansion for the first three years, but after the initial grace period, Missouri would start to become responsible for some of the cost. Missouri would be responsible for five percent of the cost in 2017 and 10 percent starting in 2022, according to state officials and advocacy groups.  

Spence said she takes advantage of a discount at Truman Hospital for people with lower incomes. She said not many people know about this discount, and people who want it must ... continued


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Thursday April 17th

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Friday April 11th

Happy 73rd birthday to journalist and columnist Ellen Goodman! Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1980 and has spent her life documenting social change and its impact on American society. Photo courtesy of washingtonpost. Link

Wednesday April 9th

It's not too late to register for the Missouri Advertising Managers Annual Meeting! Registration is open until Friday. We'd love to have you! Link



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