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Six months ago, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties only had one insurance participant in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Today, 24 counties have no provider at all. As insurers across the country have dropped out of the exchanges established under the ACA, or Obamacare, it’s underscored the need to stabilize the market.

More insurance companies bring patient options and potentially reduced costs. Getting them into the market requires the right incentive.  

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The name of the person in this story struggling with addiction has been changed to protect his identity

Prescription opioids help people deal with pain, but more and more people are abusing them, and some are dying from their addiction.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug.  And prescription drug abuse is a key risk factor for heroin addiction.

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Opioids, both prescription and illicit, are the main driver of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   More than 33,000 people died in the United States in 2015 from opioid overdoses, the latest year for which numbers are available. 

Greene County had 97 overdose deaths in 2015, and, of those, 61 were opioid-related.

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A company founded and owned by Mercy has broken ground on a new facility in Republic. ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation) will house the company’s custom surgical pack manufacturing facility, Custom Pack Solutions, in the 100,000-square-foot facility. ROi’s chief operating officer, Michael Rivard, said the packs are like tool kits for doctors to use when treating patients.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected as the cause of death of a Springfield couple found recently in their central Springfield home.  Dwane and Judith Crigger died July 8 in their home on S. Kickapoo.

How worried should we be that this could happen to us?  Enough that homeowners should regularly check equipment that’s fuel-burning, according to Daphne (DAF-nee) Greenlee, trauma outreach and Safe Kids coordinator at Mercy Springfield.

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