Mo Health Report Aims To Answer Your Questions About Health Care Changes

In addition to stories written by our staff, we have partnered with Kaiser Health News, a leading independent source of reporting on health-related issues, and four other news organizations to broaden and deepen our coverage. Others in the Kaiser consortium are the Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Texas Tribune. This site will regularly feature news about how the new program is affecting health care providers and consumers in the St. Louis region, the political fallout from the new law and news and analysis from authoritative sources across the country about the impact of the law. We welcome your feedback and questions. Staffing the site are: Virginia Young, Jefferson City bureau chief. She is covering the politics of health care, including the new exchanges and Medicaid funding. Her blog, “Capitol Perspectives,” appears at Contact her at Jim Doyle, business of health care reporter. His continuing series “Health Care: Changes and Choices” has probed a wide range of issues, including the strength of rural hospitals, executive compensation, and health industry consolidation. Contact him at Blythe Bernhard, medical and health reporter. Her reporting examines, among other subjects, the quality of care.

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Lee health clinic to open next month

14, 2013, at 9:55 a.m. LEE, Maine With construction almost complete, Health Access Network will likely move into its new $500,000 Lee-area health clinic by mid-October, officials say. Builders were installing a walk-in ramp, overhead lighting and flooring to a building that Nichols Construction Co. LLC Superintendent Terry Sullivan said was about 90 percent built. Were looking at completing it on Oct. 15, Sullivan said Thursday. We are really just doing a lot of finishing work at this point. The building site is on Route 168, which is also known as Winn Road, opposite the campus administrative office and adjacent to the Lee town office, where a temporary clinic has been operating for more than a year. A physician assistant, mental health therapist, hygienist and school receptionist will staff the building when it is complete, school officials have said. Besides Lee Academy students and staff , residents from Lee, Winn, Springfield anyone who uses the Health Access offices in Lincoln can be treated in the clinic. Health Access Network is a federally funded community health center located on West Broadway in Lincoln which handles 13,000 patients or 50,000 visits annually. It also has a satellite site in Enfield. Announced originally in June 2012 and set for completion in September 2012, the clinics construction was delayed when RSU 67 officials , who were sharing the federal Department of Health and Human Services grant that was to pay for construction, dropped out of the deal in October. Cabinets, finished ceilings, and some electrical wiring remain to be installed. Landscaping and parking-lot paving will be done next week, Sullivan said. Health Access Network Chief Executive Officer Bill Diggins could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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