08/16/21 - Missouri Mondays - Medicaid Expansion, Redistricting, COVID spread--Make a difference!
Share vital information with friends and relatives this week about Medicaid Expansion, Redistricting, COVID spread, and more!
MEDICAID EXPANSION UPDATE
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem rules the state must expand Medicaid
“Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ordered the state’s Department of Social Services not to block residents eligible for the program as of July 1, the date expansion was to begin. He also told officials not to impose additional burdens on them compared to existing Medicaid recipients. That means signups for the state health program, known as MO HealthNet, can begin and the state must start accepting applications from about 275,000 of Missouri’s working poor.”
HOW TO ENROLL IN MEDICAID
Apply through the online portal -https://mydssapp.mo.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do
If the message “ineligible based on income” appears on the pre-screening page, hit NEXT and continue the application. DSS may still be making system changes.
Apply by phone at 855-373-9994
For translation services call 1-855-373-4636
TTY/TDD 1-800-735-2966/1-800-735-2466 for American Sign Language
Download & print application:
Paper applications can be submitted via:
Family Support Division
615 E 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
REDISTRICTING WILL BEGIN SOON! STAY ALERT TO PUBLIC MEETINGS! PREVENT GERRYMANDERING!!
Determination of district lines is extremely important to prevent gerrymandering. Manipulation of district boundaries can make it difficult or even impossible for one party to obtain a fair vote among residents. Missouri voters passed the ballot initiative Clean Missouri (by 62%) in 2018, which would have put redistricting determined in the hands of a non-partisan demographer. The Republican legislature feared such a fair process, however, and passed their own ballot initiative (by 51%) to return the process to a bi-partisan commission. Typically, commissions deadlock and final decisions are made by a panel of judges.
Both House and Senate Commissions met this week to begin the process of redistricting. After a rocky start, the House commission finally settled on Republican Chair Jerry Hunter and Democratic Vice-Chair Keena Smith who will share duties at public meetings. Republican Mark Ellinger will serve as chair of the Senate commission and Democrat Susan Montee, a former state auditor, will serve as vice-chair.
Please be prepared to engage with this vital process. The House and Senate commissions will hold six meetings--(The Senate has not determined locations for November dates.)
Oct. 18 in Springfield
Oct. 19 in Kansas City
Oct. 21 in St. Louis
Nov. 4 in Jefferson City
Nov. 9 in Cape Girardeau
Nov. 10 in Kirksville
KEVIN STRICKLAND AND LAMAR JOHNSON REMAIN IN PRISON. GOV PARSON STILL REFUSES TO ACT
Kevin Strickland’s attorneys were scheduled to appear at an evidentiary hearing last week. That hearing was moved to Nov. 17-19 this fall. However, Kansas City Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker plans to file a motion under the newly passed Missouri law asking a judge to release him. The new law could help Lamar Johnson also obtain his freedom, although it is not clear if the prosecutor in his case will file such a motion. ~~STLPR
Help Kevin Strickland by donating to his GoFundMe fund organized by the Midwest Innocence Project: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-strickland-after-wrongful-conviction
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week 8/8-8/15
Missouri COVID cases continue to rise in the Kansas City Metro area with an average of 679 new cases a day and 156 patients a day in area hospitals. The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services issued the warning “Hospitals in the region are seeing resource strain from dramatically increased numbers of COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations. As a result, several hospitals in the region are at or near capacity." KCUR
And across the state, ICU beds are reaching dangerously high numbers. “According to the state health department, there are 689 ICU cases across the state, as of Aug. 10. This sets a new high, breaking the previous record of 685, set Dec. 22, 2020.” KOMU
Not only are cases increasing, but numbers of cases and deaths reported may be inaccurate. According to The Independent, the official report is 1,180 too low. “The 10,000 statewide total was likely surpassed sometime in May or early June, with the current total showing 11,182 deaths.” KCStar
The Kansas City Star reports that “elected coroners in rural counties are, in some cases, reluctant to list the coronavirus disease as the cause of death. Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes told the newspaper that in cases where a family requests he omit, he accommodates the request if he can justify assigning the death to another cause, such as pneumonia.” KCStar
LET’S GET VACCINATED MISSOURI! - PLEASE SHARE THIS RESOURCES LINK WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
FIND COVID-19 Vaccines KC Metro - Statewide and COVID-19 Testing & Recovery Treatment (KC Metro) HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
HELP PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN MISSOURI WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Zoom weekly meeting with statewide advocates working to protect the right to vote in Missouri.
TODAY Monday August 16 at 10AM
Sign up HERE or text “MOVPC” to 66866 and watch for an email with details and the link to join the meeting
JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS 34TH ANNUAL TRUMAN GALA AND DINNER AUGUST 21 AT STONEY CREEK HOTEL - INDEPENDENCE, MO
Purchase Truman Gala tickets today! secure.actblue.com/donate/2021trumangala
VIP reception begins at 5pm
General reception at 6pm
Dinner/program starts at 7pm.
Guest speakers include Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, County Executive Frank White, and remarks from Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Congressman Ted Lieu (CA 33) and Congressman Adam Schiff (CA 28), and others. Annual award winners will be honored including Marsha Lerenberg, Rodney Bland, Scott Casey, Hon. Scott Burnett
Your ticket purchase will help Jackson County Democrats register voters and support and elect more Democrats! Can’t attend? Please consider making a donation. For more information go to www.TrumanGala.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MO-KS Women’s Leadership Forum of the DNC
“Saving Our Democracy One Vote at a Time” Virtual Reception
Wed August 25 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
This is the time to unite to stop the alarming efforts to suppress our right to vote, and build on our multi-racial democracy! Join the MO-KS Women’s Leadership Forum of the DNC for an important virtual evening of conversation, inspiration and activism to support the DNC’s immediate 50 state initiatives, protect all voters, and win at all levels in 2022! Featuring Jaime Harrison, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Tricia Gephardt - Founder of Georgia’s Postcard Project, daughter-in-law of Dick Gephardt, former 14 term Missouri US Representative and Speaker of the House, and KS/MO Democratic leaders and prominent elected officials.
Panel: "Women's Suffrage, Racism and Intersectionality
A Celebration of the 19th Amendment 101st Anniversary
August 26, 7:00 PM (via Zoom)
Sponsored by AAUW of Missouri
Two distinguished speakers: Dr. April Langley, Chair of Black Studies Department, Associate professor of English and Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
See event flyer for more information: https://aauw-mo.aauw.net/files/2021/07/Aug-26-2021-Panel-19th-Amendment-101st-Anniversary-w-Link-1.pdf
FIND MORE AUGUST EVENTS HERE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sunday August 15 The New York Times
43% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (50% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
51% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (59% at least one dose in the U.S.
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
601,721 confirmed cases and 10,028 deaths as of Sat August 14 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
735,210 total cases and 10,693 deaths as of Sun August 15 The New York Times
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