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Olivia Ingle

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Cancer survivors describe need for oral chemo law

Ross Nichols spoke in favor of a bill Tuesday at a House General Laws committee hearing that would prohibit a health plan from charging a higher co-payment, deductible, or coinsurance amount for orally administered chemotherapy than for intravenous (IV) chemotherapy.

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Task force offers ways to curb infant mortality

A 22-year-old mother in Missouri is credited with saving her newborn’s life.

Medicare, insurance companies placing caps on rehab visits

A local physical therapist says the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, isn’t necessarily adding additional rehabilitation benefits to those already covered by health insurance plans.

Visit to orphanage puts face on poverty

A recent trip to Mexico with the HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) Foundation put life into perspective for Lindsey Rowden.

Capital Region named Show-Me 5 hospital

Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) was designated a Missouri Show-Me 5 hospital in a ceremony this week at the hospital.

Special Olympics eyes showcase training facility

Would move HQ from Jefferson City to Columbia

Special Olympics Missouri has started fundraising $12.5 million to build a Training for Life facility just south of Columbia.

United Way agencies separate entities

Local campaign exceeded goal; Columbia’s fell short of its goal

The United Way of Central Missouri exceeded its community campaign goal, raising a projected total of more than $1.75 million for its 24 partner agencies.

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New Fulton hospital will save millions

State faces unexpected costs if facility isn’t built

If the state doesn’t rebuild Fulton State Hospital over the next 10 years, the sate will incur substantial additional costs, state Budget Director Linda Luebbering testified Wednesday at a House budget committee hearing.

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Missouri deemed doctor-shopping capital for prescriptions

Without pharmaceutical monitoring system

Because of the state’s lack of a prescription drug monitoring system, state Rep. Kevin Engler says Missouri is becoming the doctor-shopping capital of the nation.

Bill: Clinics could locate at schools with high poverty

A Jefferson City lawmaker presented a bill to a House committee Monday that requires the Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop incentive programs to encourage health care clinics to open on the property of elementary and secondary schools where poverty is high.

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Pitching fitness

Bob Coons’ demeanor on the baseball diamond has changed since he was a college player nearly 30 years ago.

Event offers information on lung cancer risk

Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG) and St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) are co-hosting an event Thursday that will feature a discussion about lung cancer.

Olympic star to make appearance in Jefferson City

A couple weeks before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Jefferson City community members will have a chance to meet figure skater Sasha Cohen, a silver medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Abortion on 2014 legislative agenda

A Tuscumbia lawmaker presented a bill to a Missouri House Health Care Policy committee Wednesday that seeks to require custodial parents or the guardian of a minor to be notified in writing at least five days prior to an abortion.

Nixon pushing bonds to pay for Fulton hospital

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, said she’s glad Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the funding needs of Fulton State Hospital in his State of the State address Tuesday, but she’s still concerned that the funding won’t be there.

Bill would expand privileges of foster parents

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, presented a bill to a Missouri House committee Tuesday that aims to give state employees who are foster parents the same leave privileges as those who are adoptive parents.

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Speaker: Injustices MLK fought still linger today

Equality will only be achieved by God's help, pastor says

St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) employees and community members joined together in a celebration of the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday in an afternoon service at the hospital.

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St. Mary's goal was always to benefit health education, officials say

SSM Health Care signed an agreement Friday to donate the current St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) property at 100 St. Mary’s Medical Plaza to the state of Missouri.

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St. Mary's offers to give old hospital to state

Nixon wants $10 million to renovate part of St. Mary's for LU nursing program

Lincoln University’s nursing program could be holding classes in the soon-to-be-former St. Mary’s Health Center, if Missouri lawmakers approve Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to take over the seven-acre complex near downtown Jefferson City.

Nixon to make education announcement

One day before delivering his State of the State address Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will stop at Lincoln University to announce a proposal to help students.

Access to mental health care expanding

Experts: Lack of insurance did impede treatment

Area mental health officials say great strides have been made in recent years in terms of mental health services.

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Missouri House speaker: Malpractice reform a priority

Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG) announced Thursday it is in favor of capping medical malpractice payments to patients — one of Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones’ priorities for the legislative session.

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Bluegrass convention attendee makes first appearance with band

Kevin Strouth’s life is all about music. The 22-year-old Virginia man got his chance at the 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards and 31st Midwest Convention in Jefferson City on Friday and Saturday.

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Maternity, newborn care required coverage under ACA

In 2013, more than 1,500 babies were born at Jefferson City hospitals — 926 babies at Capital Region Medical Center and 625 babies at St. Mary's Health Center.

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Jayme Abbott - A very neighborly advocate

Jayme Abbott, Jefferson City’s neighborhood services coordinator, manages various grants the city receives and is the city’s liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Nixon creates Missouri Military Partnership

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday an executive order creating a Missouri Military Partnership to protect, retain and enhance military operations in the state.

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House delegation outlines local priorities

Local legislators say they weren’t surprised by the four policy areas outlined in Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones’ remarks Wednesday, the opening day of the 2014 session.

Animals get helping hands against cold

In a rush to prepare for below-zero temperatures this week, a local animal shelter had to devise a plan to keep its animals warm.

Barnes: State should give details on Boeing offer

A Jefferson City lawmaker is asking the state’s Department of Economic Development to make public all documents submitted to Boeing after December’s special session.

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Health insurance law may dramatically affect pharmacists, patients

A tough pill to swallow?

Some Missouri pharmacists say the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not only affect patients’ prescriptions, but also the way pharmacists perform their jobs.

Flu cases steadily rising in area

Jaime Young with the Cole County Health Department said this year’s influenza season is looking like a typical season when compared with previous years.

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Hospitals welcome first babies of 2014

St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) welcomed Jefferson City’s first baby of 2014 at 3:08 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Samaritan Center fills in for feds again

Marylyn DeFeo, volunteer executive director of the Samaritan Center, said the agency will serve additional individuals due to the recent expiration of federal unemployment benefits, but the cuts aren’t the only ones the Samaritan Center has responded to.

Nixon renews push for Medicaid expansion in 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that Missouri’s failure to expand or reform Medicaid during the 2013 legislative session will “make standing still feel like moving backwards.”

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Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that Missouri’s failure to expand or reform Medicaid during the 2013 legislative session will “make standing still feel like moving backwards.”

Library adding digital magazines

Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) is now offering digital magazines to library patrons. Nearly 50 magazines are available through the service.

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Affordable Care Act mandates emergency services

Local hospitals each see about 3,000 ER visits a month

When the full effects of the Affordable Care Act are in place, all health insurance plans must cover emergency services — one of 10 health benefits required by the law.

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Affordable Care Act mandates 10 essential health benefits

‘Continuum of care’

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurance plans in the Marketplace to cover 10 essential health benefits. And in some cases, those 10 essential benefits fall in line with how health care providers are already evolving their care.

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Volunteers to lay wreaths on veterans’ graves

Community members and leaders will lay nearly 1,600 wreaths on veterans’ graves in the Jefferson City National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of the fourth annual Wreaths for Heroes program.

Kiwanis donates $2,500 to Samaritan Center

The Kiwanis Club of Jefferson City donated $2,500 to the Samaritan Center on Monday for the agency’s Christmas efforts.

Unclaimed property: Lost, found and then donated

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced Wednesday a new program allowing Missourians to donate unclaimed property to charity.

4,124 get health plans from Missouri exchange

During the first two months of open enrollment, 4,124 Missourians successfully selected a health insurance plan through the federal health insurance marketplace, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report released Wednesday.

Reed moves up to PR post with CVB

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has hired Jefferson City native Katherine Reed as its new communications manager.

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Nightmare to mural to dream

‘Starving Artist’ hopes to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

It all started with a nightmare when Dennis Holliday was 6 years old.

23 holiday adoption cases still unclaimed

Fifteen Cole County families and eight children from the state’s Division of Family Services remain on The Redeem Project’s Hope for Christmas adoption list.

Working wheels

Working Wheels for Working Families (WW4WF) has blessed Teryn Mitchem and her family in many ways.

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Variety is spice of life for engineering supervisor

David Bange enjoys city staff position

David Bange enjoys that his job as Jefferson City’s engineering supervisor offers him a variety of duties throughout a typical work day.

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Two Mid-Missouri legislators vote against Boeing incentives

Was price tag too high?

Two Mid-Missouri representatives voted against a bill Friday that includes $1.7 billion in economic incentives meant to attract Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial jet in the St. Louis area.

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Going to new lengths against cancer

Hairdresser Melinda Peak cut nearly 12 inches from Tina Sellner’s hair Thursday at Wave-Lengths Hairstyling Salon. Sellner plans to donate the locks to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which makes real-hair wigs from the donations and distributes them free of charge.

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Forecaster: JC area on fringe of winter storm

Agencies offer storm-safety tips

A band of sleet and freezing rain is currently hitting southern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.