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Thousands of Missouri kids could suddenly lose health insurance

Pediatricians are worried about kids losing Medicaid coverage when the federal COVID emergency declaration ends. Plus: Why the Biden administration and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly don't agree on proposed new rules for a popular weed killer used by farmers.

Millions of children in the U.S. rely on federal services, including the children’s health insurance program (CHIP) and Medicaid, for health coverage. Since the start of the pandemic, a federal emergency declaration has allowed them to receive continuous coverage without jumping through the usual bureaucratic hoops. That will end when the state of emergency is lifted. Side Effects Public Media’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia reports health providers are worried.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is defending a problematic weed killer as safe. But studies suggest the chemical hurts fish, frogs and other living things. Kansas News Service reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen and Harvest Public Media editor Maria Altman discuss.

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