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Susan Smith-Harmon

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PrideFest 2013 to make history in St. Louis

Friday, 21 June 2013 04:38 Published in Around Town

   The 34th annual PrideFest in St. Louis will make history next weekend when U.S. military personnel officially participate.  

   The parade and festival, which began 30 years ago in Forest Park, has moved to downtown St. Louis near Soldier's Memorial.  

   Both city and county police will have a booth at the festival.  And the military liaison for the LGBT Center of St. Louis will have uniformed service men and women walking in Sunday's parade.  They'll also lay a wreath at Soldier's Memorial, to remember those lost before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was lifted.  

   Pridefest 2013 will be Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th.

   More information about the parade and festival can be found at the Pride St. Louis website.

   Embattled St. Louis Community College chancellor Myrtle Dorsey will likely keep her job another year.  That's despite criticism of the college's handling of an attack on a female student on the Meramec campus.  

   Critics say the suspected assailant shouldn't have been let go by campus police after he was initially picked up and students and staff should have been alerted to the attack right away.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the new chairman of the college Board of Trustees, Craig Larson expects Dorsey to complete the third year of her contract.   Larson told the paper that the final report on ans investigation into the incident will be out next month, and that could lead to personnel changes, but probably not involving Dorsey.

Primary care doctors can get Medicaid rate boost

Friday, 21 June 2013 03:15 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Doctors providing primary care in Illinois can get higher Medicaid reimbursement rates through the end of 2014.

   Illinois officials are reminding doctors to sign up online for the higher rates, which are expected to increase by an average of 93 percent. If doctors sign up by June 30 they can get reimbursed at the higher rate retroactively to the beginning of this year.

   Julie Hamos is director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She says the temporary raise should help increase doctors' participation in Medicaid.

   That's important because thousands of uninsured Illinois residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014.

   The pay increase for primary care was authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

 

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