I had the pleasure of attending a Legislative update at Access Family Health Care on Friday. Once again, Southwest Missouri is leading the state in innovative ideas. This time, we are showing the rest of the state how to provide primary health and dental care to our patients all over the area. Joplin, Anderson/Neosho and Cassville have clinics providing cost savings and prevention in primary care versus using emergency rooms. They see both Medicaid patients as well patients without Medicaid as long as certain criteria are met. Missouri Health Net and Medicare grants allow them to provide the highest levels of care available. Of the 4 clinics, 1 scored a 95% score, 1 a 96%, and 2 a 97% on recent evaluations. Their stated goals are to improve primary health care, improve behavioral health care, improve patient empowerment, improve coordination of care, improve preventive care, improve diabetes care, improve asthma care, and improve cardiovascular care. I'm betting they attain every last goal!
The Budget Chairman shared the information with us that the Governor's staff has once again joined the House, Senate, and Missouri University in establishing a consensus revenue figure for next year. When all 4 entities agree on a projected figure for next year's growth, it is much more simple to establish a budget that will pass each body and get the Governor's signature. The number that they arrived at was 3.6% overall growth for the next fiscal year. Remember, we established a special fund for any overages beyond the 3.6% for distribution to education and other much needed programs. I really hope this signals a new spirit of cooperation between the Legislative and the Executive branches. There are some really good ideas floating around for job creation and tax relief that I sure hope we can get moving. I'll keep you posted as it develops.
Jane and I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed Christmas!