Capsules: Missouri Governor Pushes GOP-Led Legislature On Medicaid Expansion; 'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan; New Year Brings In Many Key Provisions Of Health Law

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, the St. Louis Post-Disptach’s Virginia Young, working in partnership with KHN, reports on Missouri’s Medicaid expansion: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is intensifying his effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid with a pitch that uses some of the same themes that Republicans favor. At a news conference in his Capitol office this week, Nixon praised states such as Iowa and Arkansas for designing “common-sense, market-based approaches” that encourage personal responsibility on the part of Medicaid participants” (Young, 1/2).

Also on Capsules, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Kristian Foden-Vencil reports on how one health plan is working with elementary schools to encourage good health: “Behaving well in elementary school could reduce smoking in later life. At least, that’s what Trillium Community Health Plan hopes, and it’s putting money behind the idea. Danebo Elementary in Eugene, Ore., is one of 50 schools receiving money to teach classes while integrating something called the 'Good Behavior Game.' Teacher Cami Railey sits at a small table, surrounded by four kids. She’s about to teach them the 's' sound and the 'a' sound. But first, as she does every day, she goes over the rules” (Foden-Vencil, 1/2).

In addition, you can watch a video of KHN’s Julie Appleby on PBS NewsHour Thursday discussing the status of the health law rollout as of Jan. 1. Check out what else is on the blog.

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