News Feed /news-rss News Feed Tue, 23 Oct 2018 05:27:05 +0000 en-us MDC hosted 32nd annual Poosey fall driving tour on Oct. 21 311720 at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:17:40 +0000 Sen. Dan Hegeman’s Capitol Report for the Week of Oct. 22, 2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:32:14 +0000 Clean Missouri is Wrong for Our State On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many Missourians will head to the polls to vote for their representatives in the House Speaker Todd Richardson Appointed as MO HealthNet Director 756 at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:25:35 +0000 House Speaker Todd Richardson Appointed as MO HealthNet Director Stephanie.Whitaker Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:25 October 22, 2018 New Director to Stabilize Role and Tackle Challenges of Modernizing and Transforming Healthcare for Missourians Jefferson City On Monday, House Speaker Todd Richardson was appointed as the new MO HealthNet Division Director. Under the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), the MO HealthNet Division (MHD) offers healthcare coverage for eligible Missourians. Speaker Richardson was appointed by Dr. Steve Corsi, Director of DSS. With the last permanent MHD director retiring in December 2016, it was imperative for the administration to find a director who understands the challenges and is willing to meet them. Producing a successful MO HealthNet program for Missourians is a top priority for this administration, and Governor Mike Parson believes Speaker Richardson’s background makes him the right choice for taking on this role. “Missouri is incredibly fortunate that one of its most respected policymakers has chosen to continue his service to our state by tackling one of the most important challenges our state faces,” said Governor Parson. “Providing accessible, quality healthcare to our citizens is crucial to further growing our workforce development. Speaker Richardson built his reputation during his time as a legislator on his personal integrity, strong management practices, and ability to bridge the partisan, ideological, and rural-urban divides to bring people together to solve our most difficult problems. From his time in the House, I know that Speaker Richardson will continue to listen to the concerns of Missouri citizens and help modernize and transform a program that will help our state.” The new MO HealthNet Director plans to make it a priority on day one to travel across the state to see firsthand the challenges of both urban healthcare delivery and rural healthcare access, as well as to listen to the concerns and challenges of both MO HealthNet providers and participants.  “Putting Medicaid on a path of sustainability is a daunting task, as is driving quality healthcare at an affordable price for Missouri taxpayers,” said Director Corsi. “Under Speaker Richardson’s guidance, I am confident MO HealthNet will be transformed through modernization and innovation. He has a proven record of leadership, and his direction of MO HealthNet will serve Missouri well.” Todd Richardson was elected the Missouri House of Representatives in 2010. He served as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, and the Chairman of the Emerging Issues in Healthcare Committee. During his legislative tenure, Richardson was instrumental in the passage of numerous healthcare and budget reforms, including comprehensive reforms to Missouri Workers’ Compensation law and Second Injury Fund and passage of medical malpractice caps to stabilize insurance premiums. He was the author a 2014 voter-approved constitutional amendment to strengthen taxpayer protections in Missouri's budgeting process. As Speaker, Richardson also helped pass reforms to Missouri's Medicaid eligibility process and expanded healthcare access through telemedicine.  An attorney, Richardson received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis. Richardson lives in Poplar Bluff with his wife, Dr. Amber Richardson, and their two children. Director Todd Richardson will officially start on November 1, 2018. The following are statements from state and local leaders: Statement from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, Chairman, Missouri House Budget Committee “Medicaid is the state’s most expensive program, making up more than a third of the entire state budget. As Budget Chairman, I see firsthand the challenges Medicaid poses to the future of Missouri's budget. MO HealthNet needs an inspired leader who understands each challenging aspect of the program and won’t shrink in the face of immense pressure to maintain the status quo. I’ve been fortunate to serve alongside Speaker Richardson for six years, and I firmly believe no one is better equipped to reform the program while protecting the interests of taxpayers at the same time. I want to commend and congratulate Governor Parson on this incredibly important appointment.” Statement from Dr. James Kelly, MD Physician Anesthesiologist, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City “Todd is a proven leader that physicians, hospitals, and patients can trust to lead the charge in reforming Missouri’s Medicaid program. He has a remarkable ability to engage stakeholders and listen, as his passion for innovation in healthcare policy is truly inspiring.” Statement from Rep. Kip Kendrick, Minority Whip, and Ranking Minority Member, House Budget Committee "In his tenure as Speaker of the Missouri House, I have respected Todd Richardson for his integrity and his willingness to work across the aisle. As he becomes Missouri’s new Director of MO HealthNet, I look forward to working with him in that same spirit of bipartisanship and dedication to improving access to healthcare for all Missourians." Statement from Sen. David Sater, Member, Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Health and Pensions Committee “I congratulate Todd Richardson on his appointment as Director of MO HealthNet. I am confident he will bring the same integrity and work ethic to this position that he has shown leading the Missouri House of Representatives. I look forward to working with Todd to reform and improve MO HealthNet.” Statement from Christy Shawan, CEO, Black River Medical Center, Poplar Bluff “I have known Todd Richardson for many years, and he is a man of unquestioned integrity, leadership, and intellect. I am confident he will combine those character traits to lead MO HealthNet in a way that will benefit the health and welfare of Missourians for years to come.” Statement from Charlie Shields, President and CEO, Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City “Speaker Richardson will be a tremendous director for MO HealthNet. He is a proven leader who will guide our state Medicaid system through the ever-changing complexities of healthcare.  Governor Parson made an excellent choice!” Statement from Dr. Randall Williams, MD, FACOG, Director, Department of Health and Senior Services “As a practicing physician for thirty years, I am tremendously appreciative of Speaker Richardson’s exceptional background and leading of teams through complex challenges.  He brings an incredible understanding of health policy issues that is tremendously important as we seek to improve the quality of care in our state.  I’m both appreciative and excited that he will continue his service to Missourians in this very important capacity.” MDC offers Halloween fun Oct. 26 in St. Joseph 311706 at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:37:58 +0000 Lowell Mohler to be honored Nov. 2 at MDC area in Holt County 311705 at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:18:07 +0000 Sen. Ed Emery’s Legislative Report for Oct. 19 2018 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:54:57 +0000 When Confusion Reigns “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”   Senator Cunningham’s Legislative Column for Oct. 19 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:41:42 +0000 On Nov. 6, Missourians will head to the polls to cast their votes for numerous candidates and important issues, including four proposed amendments to the This Week in the Missouri Senate for Oct. 19: Business Enterprises Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:32:24 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY — This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 802, legislation that modifies provisions relating to women’s and minority business enterprises. The new MDC's Andy Dalton Range manager wins national award 311643 at Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:39:37 +0000 MDC foresters say fall color is variable in west Missouri 311633 at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:09:47 +0000 Governor Parson Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions 751 at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:36:22 +0000 Governor Parson Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions Stephanie.Whitaker Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:36 October 18, 2018 Jefferson City Governor Parson today announced seven appointments to various boards and commissions.   Randy Bryson, of Columbia, was appointed to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission. Bryson is the President of Associated Property Analysts, Inc. in Columbia. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1974, a real estate appraiser since 1980 and certified as a general appraiser since 1991. He has an AI-RRS designation with the Appraisal Institute, an RM designation with the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, and an SRA designation with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. Bryson is a member of the Appraisal Institute, Kansas City, Chapter #20; Columbia Missouri Board of Realtors; Missouri Association of Realtors; and National Association of Realtors.   Dr. Anne Heyen, of Ashland, was reappointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Dr. Heyen is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Heyen holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Avila College. She has been a Certified Nurse Educator since 2015. Previously, Dr. Heyen was an Associate Professor of Nursing at Lincoln University and has provided nursing care at the Surgery Center of Columbia and SSM-St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City.     Dr. Timothy Larson of Weldon Springs, was appointed to the Missouri Dental Board. Dr. Larson is the founder and dentist at Heritage Dental Group in St. Peters, Missouri, and Clinical Director at Heartland Dental.  He holds both a BA and MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a DDS from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry.  He was awarded a Fellowship Degree from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and an Alumni Life Member of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Kansas City.   Dr. Julie Miller, of California, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Dr. Miller is a Family Nurse Practitioner at SSM Health in Jefferson City. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Miller holds a license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Family Nurse Practitioner, and has certificates as a certified nurse-operating room (CNOR) and a nurse executive advanced (NEA-BC). She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Missouri Nurses Association, Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, Sinclair School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing Nightingale Society. She is also the President–Elect of the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing Alumni Association.     Dr. Fred Pestello, of St. Louis, was appointed to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District. Dr. Pestello is the President of Saint Louis University, where he is also a professor of sociology. Dr. Pestello has taught sociology for over thirty years and was previously the president at Le Moyne College.  Dr. Pestello holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from John Carroll University, a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from the University of Akron, and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Akron-Kent State Joint PhD program.  Prior to his role at Saint Louis University, Dr. Pestello taught at the University of Dayton and Le Moyne College. He is a founding member of Arch to Park: St. Louis Central Corridor Development Collaborative, a member of CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri, Civic Progress, and Cortex Innovation Community.  He is a former member of the board of directors at SSM Heath St. Louis.     Dr. Sheila Barrett Ray, of Harrisburg, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Dr. Ray is a nurse working at the University of Missouri High Risk Obstetrics Unit for the School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and has over 40 years or nursing experience.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History and English, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.   Dr. Robert Walsh, of Ste. Genevieve, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Dr. Walsh is a Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. He has over 25 years of clinical and professional experience. Dr. Walsh obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from St. Louis University, a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Webster University, a BA in Psychology, an MBA from Maryville University, and an Associate of Applied Science in both Nursing and Respiratory Therapy from St. Louis Community College. Dr. Walsh serves on the faculty at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Walsh is chair of the Advisory Board-Respiratory Care at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and has served on the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award Selection Committee since 2017. He was awarded the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year-Advanced Practice. Join MDC for Facebook Live session “Ask an Agent” Oct. 31 311629 at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:28:44 +0000 Governor Parson Presents Proclamation Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month 741 at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:47:20 +0000 Governor Parson Presents Proclamation Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month Stephanie.Whitaker Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:47 October 18, 2018 Missouri Capitol Dome Will Be Lit This Evening Honoring Breast Cancer Patients Jefferson City Governor Mike Parson presented a Proclamation to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network this morning highlighting and commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  During the ceremony, speakers raised awareness, talked about the importance of increasing breast cancer education, and promoted the significance of maintaining regular cancer screenings. The event also highlighted that the dome of the Missouri State Capitol will be lit pink. Governor Parson chose this time as it will glow for the beginning of National Mammography Day, which is held the third Friday of every October. During the event, Governor Parson spoke of the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Every year, this disease takes many of our loved ones away from us and often far too early.  With tomorrow being National Mammography Day, it is time we encourage and support those in our lives to get regular cancer screenings.  It is never too late,” said Governor Parson.  “The lighting of the dome is a beacon to those who are in the fight that Missouri is here to help. We honor and support our survivors, those battling the disease, and our medical professionals and researchers who are working to find a cure. We can save lives together.” Emily Kalmer, Missouri Government Relations Director at American Cancer Society Cancer  Action Network; Dr. Katherine Weilbaecher, Co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis; and Terri Reimer, a breast cancer survivor from St. Charles, Missouri, spoke during the ceremony and thanked Governor Parson for his efforts in putting a spotlight on this terrible disease.  “More than 5,000 Missourians will get the news this year that they have breast cancer,” said Emily Kalmer. “Many more are going through treatment, waiting anxiously to see if their disease will recur or mourning the loss of a loved one. We appreciate the governor’s efforts to call attention to this devastating disease and the importance of early diagnosis in increasing the likelihood of successful treatment.” Along with the speakers, state department directors from Health and Senior Services, Mental Health, and Social Services were in attendance and made available to answer any questions. “The lighting of the Capitol dome pink to raise awareness about breast cancer is something all Missourians can be grateful for and proud to support,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director. “As a practicing OB-GYN for over 30 years, I understand the importance of women’s health and cancer screenings. And in conversations with Governor Parson, I appreciate his understanding and emphasis on prevention of diseases like breast cancer.” The lighting of the Capitol dome in pink will last from sunset Thursday evening until sunrise Friday morning.  Ashcroft Announces Program on The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:27:00 +0000 For immediate release:                  October 11, 2018 Contact:                                           Nick Omland, Communications Coordinator, (573) 751-4218  Ashcroft Announces Program on The History of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Jefferson City, Mo. —– Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft toda MDC invites public to tree pruning workshops 311612 at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:35:31 +0000