Morning Minutes: Doctors’ Medicaid payback shrinks, Blunt’s & McCaskill’s new job roles

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill |Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill |Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are this morning’s top stories from across Missouri:

Missouri doctors face decreased reimbursement rate for Medicaid patients

Missouri primary care doctors are facing a cut to their reimbursement rate for treating Medicaid patients, as a two-year rate boost from the Affordable Care Act is set to expire at the end of this year.

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Blunt, McCaskill face new roles in GOP-controlled Senate

With Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate in this week’s midterm election, the changing roles of Missouri’s senators emerged as among the biggest stories in state politics.

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Developer scales down plan for sprawling KC redevelopment

A 175,000-square-foot Walmart and 4,000-square-foot garden center would be the centerpiece of the latest version of Mission Gateway, a development proposed for a long-vacant swath of land in suburban Kansas City. A 150-room hotel and small retail strip are also part of the plan.

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House Speaker Jones won’t seek state office in 2016

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will not seek statewide office in two years, the Eureka Republican announced. Jones had expressed interest in recent months in running either for Attorney General or Lieutenant Governor.

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Chiefs to play 2015 game in London, leave some fans angry

The Kansas City Chiefs will play overseas for the first time in their history next season, facing the Detroit Lions in London next November. The move knocks a home game off the team’s 2015 schedule and is receiving an icy response from many fans, but the Chiefs say it’s in the best interest of the NFL.

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