Health

Two health-care reform pieces
for the Springfield Business Journal

Published in the Springfield Business Journal, March 12, 2013
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Health systems are facing a year of uncertainty as they await the outcome of the Medicaid expansion plan in the Missouri General Assembly. … If Missouri refused Medicaid expansion, hospitals statewide would face cuts totaling $4 billion in reimbursements through 2019, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.

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Patients, insurers ask, ‘How much?’

Springfield Business Journal, May 2, 2013. This content cannot be reproduced without permission of SBJ.

As American health care costs continue to rise, the debate centered around health insurance is switching gears. At one time, patients and insurers were generally concerned with who paid, but as the cost of health goods and services skyrockets, patients and insurers are starting to ask another question: How much?
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Two smoking-cessation projects for the
Healthy Living Alliance, a local agency

Two years running, smoke-free law keeps delivering

Published at hlaspringfield.org, July 19, 2013
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… Springfield data so far support the steady business case and the health benefits. Taxable sales at restaurants and bars in Springfield increased 3.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 compared to total annual taxable sales of 3.2 percent. From 2011 to 2012, the restaurants-and-bars category outperformed retailing as a whole, 5.1 percent to 3.6 percent. …

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Stop Smoking Today with allied support

Published at hlaspringfield.org, Nov. 20, 2013
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I think to myself, I really want a cigarette.
And then I think, go five minutes and see how you feel.
I got through five minutes. OK, let’s go through another five minutes.
And before I knew it, I was getting through days.
Before I knew it, I was getting through weeks.

This is how Teresa Byers, in her own words, quit smoking.

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