Marshall Griffin

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.


2:34 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Protestors Criticize Skelton For Not Holding Town Hall On Health Care

Jefferson City, MO – Protesters are criticizing central Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton for not holding any town hall meetings on the current health care debate. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports.

Nearly a hundred people held signs and demonstrated outside of Congressman Skelton's Jefferson City office.

They spoke out against House legislation that would create a government-operated health care plan, and accused the Missouri Democrat of deliberately ignoring their concerns.

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5:43 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Mo. Medicaid Rolls Up Five Percent

Jefferson City, MO – The number of Missourians on Medicaid has increased by nearly 5 percent over the past year. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports:

More than 871,000 Missouri residents were on the state's Medicaid rolls as of June 2009. That's 39,000 more than in June of last year.

Scott Rowson is with the Department of Social Services.

ROWSON: "Certainly it's an indicator of the poor state of the economy...I think there are just a lot of families out there hurting, and unfortunately, qualifying for Medicaid."

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9:41 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Nixon Vetoes Motorcycle Helmet Repeal

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have repealed most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law. Marshall Griffin reports.

Motorcycle riders in Missouri still have to wear helmets. A bill that would have allowed them to ride helmet-free if they're at least 21 years old has been vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill would have still required helmet use on interstate highways. Tom Holloway with the Missouri State Medical Association says he applauds the governor's veto.

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11:04 am
Mon May 18, 2009

2009 Mo. Legislative Session Ends

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon and the Republican-led general assembly pledged late last year to work together during the 2009 legislative session, which ended on Friday. Both sides came away with wins, especially when their interests coincided, as with the economic development bill. But both entities lost on some key issues as well. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports.

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2:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Missouri Lawmakers Dispute Healthcare Expansion

Jefferson City, MO – State lawmakers have until Friday to reach a compromise on healthcare expansion, after the Missouri House passed its plan last night.

The House bill covers about 20-thousand Missourians who simply cannot get insurance. The Senate's version, which closely mirrors the plan proposed by Governor Jay Nixon, expands Medicaid eligibility to cover an additional 35-thousand low-income, working parents.

Columbia Democrat Mary Still says the House's version will drain the state's high-risk insurance pool.

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9:42 am
Tue May 5, 2009

Medicaid Expansion Threatens Mo. Budget Agreement

Jefferson City, MO – House Republicans are unhappy with the final version of Missouri's state budget. Senate negotiators and House Democrats agreed to include an expansion of Medicaid in one of the budget bills. It would expand health coverage to about 35-thousand working parents in Missouri. But House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley says they may reject the provision.

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9:39 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

First Suspected Case Of Swine Flu In Missouri

Jefferson City, MO – An unidentified resident of Platte County may be the first Missourian to contract swine flu. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports.

State health officials have sent a virus sample taken from the anonymous patient to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to verify whether he or she has swine flu.

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