JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-Supporters are expected to revive some elements of a Missouri healthcare reform bill defeated 62-92 in the Missouri House of Representatives last month. The original bill, endorsed by Gov. Mel Carnahan, would have placed payers and providers in risk-bearing delivery networks (Feb. 21, p. 8). By the time of its defeat, the bill had been whittled to a series of insurance reforms. Those reforms would have created a community-rating system to standardize insurance premiums and would have limited insurers' ability to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
DENVER-University Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center here will open a day-care facility for 80 children in August. An existing day-care center, for 25 children, will be closed. The new center ameliorates the pressing need for child care at the hospital and HSC, said Mary Lee Beauregard, assistant to the HSC chancellor. Some 200 children are on a waiting list for day care. The day-care shortage is more than a decade old, Ms. Beauregard said. Last year, a parent group formed to lobby for more care, and HSC's new chancellor adopted the cause. Next month, the two facilities will break ground on a $500,000 renovation of university offices for the new center.
DENVER-The Colorado Rural Health Resources Center, a not-for-profit, independent corporation, has won a three-year, $160,000 grant from the Colorado Trust. The center helps coordinate rural healthcare resources and disseminates information about rural health issues. The award is part of the Colorado Trust foundation's year-old program to help Colorado attract and train more primary-care providers. It recently awarded $1 million over three years to a 32-member panel charged with meeting that goal.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Arkansas Children's Hospital opened its first full-time, off-campus outpatient clinic here late last month. The clinic offers such services as adolescent medicine, cardiology and nutrition. The 269-bed hospital also operates rotating clinics at seven sites throughout the state. For example, in March, it started offering a children's healthcare clinic every other week in a homeless shelter. It doesn't have any immediate plans to add more off-campus outpatient clinics, but it might in the future, a spokeswoman said.