• Richard's 'Servant-Leader' Approach Propels HCC & Clinics as National Model

    Toniann Richard, CEO of Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri, is part of a lineage of crop and beef producers. Raised in Herington, Kan., just south of Junction City, her grandfather advocated for farmers and even ran for local office. At the time, her mother, a beauty salon owner, was a ....

  • Delivering Behavioral Health in Rural Communities

    What’s the difference between behavioral health and mental health? 


    Actually, both phrases mean the same thing. But some people don’t like the term mental health because it has a negative stigma. The National Rural Health Resource Center (....

  • HCC and Live Well Clinics Address the Pain of Opioids

    When prescribed and used appropriately, opioids can be a real blessing to patients suffering excruciating pain caused by injury or illness. Used improperly, however, opioids can be crippling and even deadly. 

    For years, drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and meperidine have been fi....

  • Medicaid Expansion Deserves Critical Consideration

    Hospital Closures, Opioid Use Disorder, Coverage Gap and Increased State Funding Among the Reasons Missouri Medicaid Expansion Deserves Critical Consideration

    Missouri is one of 14 states that has not expanded Medicaid to cover people who earn up to 138 percent above th....

  • Fighting the Good Fight

    B. Smith, a former 1970s groundbreaking supermodel, leveraged her celebrity to author a popular cookbook. She became a successful restauranteur and lifestyle expert. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, she and her husband, Dan Gasby, broke new ground in their battle against the disease with the 201....

  • Protecting Our Girls: Trafficking on the Interstate

    It’s something you think happens in other countries. But every day, on the internet, in massage parlors, strip clubs and even truck stops, children, teens and adult women are sold into slavery. “Controllers” (another name for pimps) use them as sex slaves, and bus them from city to city....

  • Its Okay to Not be Okay

    Back in 1854, poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Unfortunately, modern statistics indicate his long-ago observation still rings true today.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org) notes that in any given year, on....

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Medicaid Expansion Deserves Critical Consideration

Hospital Closures, Opioid Use Disorder, Coverage Gap and Increased State Funding Among the Reasons Missouri Medicaid Expansion Deserves Critical Consideration

Missouri is one of 14 states that has not expanded Medic....

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