Author Archives: Andrew Shaughnessy, M.A.

Missourians vote YES to expand Medicaid!

With 53% of the vote, Missourians have chosen to say YES on Amendment 2 to expand Medicaid. Missouri joins a growing list of states, including Oklahoma, that have expanded Medicaid through ballot initiative. Though we have voted in favor tonight, Medicaid expansion will not be fully implemented until 2021. Having worked on the Yes on […]

Building power to expand Medicaid in Missouri

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, I have been on the frontlines advocating for its implementation in Missouri. From the rollout of Navigator and Assister funding (both Federal and private) that allowed organizations to assist Missourians in enrolling in affordable care coverage, and which gave me the opportunity to manage several […]

Sights Set on Certificate in Health Finance and Management

This morning, I received news that I have been accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management for a certificate in Health Finance and Management. As part of my graduate degree in Public Health, I will obtaining this certificate to show further expertise and competency in the […]

Missouri’s Children Face a Health Insurance Crisis

Nationwide health insurance enrollment declines are across the board for children. Data collected through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by Georgetown University indicates that more than 4 million children have become unenrolled in critical health insurance coverage since 2016 (1). Disappointingly, Missouri is no 1. with a 15.1 percent decline in children enrolled […]

Making Decisions and Gaining Agreement to Solve Complex Health Problems

For two weeks in the beginning of early January 2020, I was on campus at Johns Hopkins University attending a course entitled “Problem Solving in Public Health”. During this course, we were given a breadth of knowledge into various health care issues (e.g. infectious diseases outbreaks, health finance, environmental disasters, etc.) and taught an effective […]