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Accessible? Affordable? Missouri's Health Care Challenges

Chris Young
KCUR 89.3
KCUR's Brian Ellison (left) hosted Statehouse Blend Missouri at Kansas City's Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church on November 30, 2017. Guests were Rep. Lauren Arthur, Sen. Ryan Silvey and Rev. Vernon Howard.

Over the past decade, few issues have occupied as prominent and contentious a spot on the national stage—and in Missouri—as health care. It's not just about politics: Debates in the General Assembly, actions by past and present governors and oversight by state agencies all result in real impact on people's lives.

In this episode of Statehouse Blend Missouri, recorded before an audience at Kansas City's Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, we take a deep dive into the challenges facing Missourians who seek affordable, accessible, quality health care. Guests identified the political barriers, and policy options, facing Jefferson City in the year ahead.


  • Rep. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City
  • Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City
  • The Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard, president, Greater Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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