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New rules for Medicaid managed care: What do they mean for Missouri?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new rules, the first in over a decade, for Medicaid managed programs. These rules “would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in…

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I’ve lost my handgun virginity

Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that again. My 20 minutes at the firing range were part of the nine-week Citizens’ Police Academy…

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“Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” An honest answer in a tough market

Recently, Charlotte NC Mayor Dan Clodfelter proclaimed April 30, 2015 to be Honesty Day. In response, the editorial page editor of the Charlotte Observer–Taylor Batten—issued an invitation to readers to submit questions. One reader asked: “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Batten answered honestly. And those of us who call ourselves liberals/progressives would…

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Who really won the Cold War?

I recently read that our “representatives” in Congress plan to authorize a yet-to-be named corporation to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the Air Force at a fixed price of no more than $550 million each. I immediately wanted to write something profound about how screwed up our priorities are in the good…