• 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....

  • The Decision Not to Vaccinate Requires Heavy Deliberation

    How do vaccines keep the general public healthy? If vaccines work, why do people get sick? Will vaccines give my child autism? These questions, as well as others, are heavily debated when it comes to immunizations and public safety. Many parents question if their kids should truly be vaccinat....

  • Syphilis Attacks Rural Communities

    Syphilis – a sexually transmitted infection once thought to be basically eradicated in industrialized nations – is on the rise in the United States, especially in rural communities. In Missouri, the number of syphilis cases has more than quadrupled since 2012. According to a Kaiser Health ....

  • Think Your Boss is a Bit Off?

    Give a little grace…There’s a good reason.


    Imagine punching the clock every day and not knowing when you’ll be paid. On top of that, this pay is not only responsible for your livelihood but also for the livelihood of those whom you employ. What if you don’t....

  • Medical Marijuana, Missouri, and the Workplace

    On Nov. 6, 2018, 65 percent of Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, making medical marijuana legal in the state. Only patients with a qualifying medical condition, certified by a state-licensed physician (MD) or osteopath (DO), may apply for approval to receive prescriptions for the drug. According t....

  • The Real Cost of Health Care Remains Unanswered for Consumers

    The definition of a free market is an economic system in which the rule of supply and demand dictates transactions, without government interference. In a free market, the price of goods and services are determined by competition throughout the market. For example, if a manufacturer overproduces a good....

  • 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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Medical Marijuana vs. Opioids: A Look at the Pros and Cons

Missouri is the 32nd state to legalize marijuana, often referred to as cannabis, for medical use. Proponents of medical marijuana say, among many things, the drug could provide less dependence on opioids to manage pain. This article looks at both dru....

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