Missouri Minute: Missouri eyes Centene to fill ACA ‘bare counties’; Syngenta lawsuit goes to court in KC

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Eyes on Centene to fill void after Obamacare insurer bails on parts of Missouri

When certain insurance companies have bailed on the Obamacare exchanges in the past — potentially leaving residents of entire counties without a single option for affordable health coverage — an insurer has always stepped up to fill the void. But it’s unclear if any insurer will extend marketplace coverage to the 25 Missouri counties that will be left with no carriers in 2018, potentially leaving 67,000 people in the western part of the state without coverage options. Read more

1st lawsuit against Syngenta over corn seed goes to court in KC

The first of tens of thousands of lawsuits goes to trial today in Kansas City, Kansas, pitting a group of farmers against Syngenta, the Swiss agribusiness giant. The plaintiffs allege Syngenta caused billions of dollars of economic damage by introducing a genetically engineered corn seed variety to U.S. farmers before it was approved for import to China, the Associated Press reports. Read more

Community college association chief Dixon to lead state economic development

Rob Dixon, president of the Missouri Community College Association, has been appointed as the new acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Gov. Eric Greitens’ office announced Friday in press release. Since 2015, Dixon has worked as president of the community college association, an organization focused on advocacy for and collaboration between the state’s 12 community colleges. The governor’s office touted Dixon’s contributions to the state’s workforce development in the role. Read more

BJC commits $20 million to innovation lab

BJC HealthCare and the Washington University School of Medicine are teaming up to launch a new lab aimed at finding innovative ways to to deliver care and improve patients’ health. BJC has committed to providing $20 million over the next 10 years to support the Health Systems Innovation Lab. Read more

Amid falling enrollment, MU expands existing recruitment, marketing efforts

As the University of Missouri in Columbia stares down its second year of an enrollment decline, the school’s recipe for boosting enrollment isn’t to roll out new initiatives; it’s to double down on past efforts. Read more

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