There is a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas and more than half of Missouri counties have no OB-GYN specialists, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KBIA’s Marie French takes us to Macon, where many pregnant women often drive 30 minutes or more to get care.
Debate continues in the Missouri legislature over the Obama administration's "contraception mandate," which will require health insurance to include coverage for birth control. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a House committee hears testimony on a largely symbolic bill, opposing the mandate.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds.
Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent. The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.
More than 300 religious and community leaders and emergency response professionals attended a disaster relief event at the Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City Tuesday.
The event was put together to discuss the widespread natural disasters in Missouri in 2011. Phillip Iman is the disaster relief coordinator at the American Red Cross. He says there are many different ways for community organizations to partner with the Red Cross following a disaster.