Missouri is ranked as the 42nd healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Missouri, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Missouri Health Insurance Pool
Phone 1-800-843-6447 (All but NW Missouri)
Phone 1-800-645-8346 (NW Missouri)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Missouri started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Missouri's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Cover Missouri — A project of the Missouri Foundation for Health to develop, publish, and promote specific policy recommendations to increase the number of Missourians with health coverage.
Missourians for Single Payer Health Care (MOSP) — A non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization of diverse individuals and groups whose purpose is to educate and advocate for universal health care through a single payer program.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Missouri.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Missouri -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Missouri.
Why health care reform is important to Missouri -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Missouri.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Missouri -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Missouri.
Missouri Foundation for Health — MFH seeks to empower the people of the communities we serve to achieve equal access to quality health services that promote prevention and encourage healthy behaviors.
Missouri mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Missouri -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $173 per family in 2012.
11/09/2012 6:11 PM
Associated Press — The Missouri legislature has failed to pass legislation authorizing a state-run exchange, and voters approved a ballot measure barring the governor from establishing an exchange through an executive order.
10/19/2012 2:10 PM
St. Louis Beacon — Missouri voters will decide in November if a legislative or popular vote is needed to establish a state-run health insurance exchange. With the ballot measure pending, planning work on the exchange has stopped — making it highly likely that the federal government will run the Missouri exchange.
09/28/2012 7:09 PM
CBS St. Louis — Voters will be asked in November if the executive branch can authorize a state-based health insurance exchange without legislative approval. Gov. Nixon has repeatedly stated his administration will not authorize an exchange by executive order.
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