Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:47 Published in Local News
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Certain cancer patients won’t be paying as much for their medicine anymore.
Governor Jay Nixon has signed Senate Bill 668 into law, which prevents insurance companies from charging higher prices for oral chemotherapy medicines. Currently, insurance companies cover chemotherapy pills as a prescription drug benefit, rather than a medical benefit. Because of that, cancer patients who would prefer to take their medications orally have to pay quite a bit more.
Nixon says providing quality care if a priority. "Missourians struggling to overcome this terrible disease deserve access to the most effective treatments available, not a $10,000 prescription bill", says Nixon.
The new law limits the out-of-pocket costs insurance companies charge for orally taken anticancer medications to $75 dollars for a thirty day supply.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:44 Published in Local News
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A couple of St. Louis restaurants want to make sure their workers are getting a fair wage.
Pi Pizzeria and Gringo co-founder Chris Sommers has announced starting April 1st, he will be increasing the minimum wage he pays his workers to $10.10 an hour. Sommers says this minimum wage needs to be mandated at a federal level. "If they're not going to do it on their own, then it comes down to the federal government" says Sommers,"because the federal government ends up making up for the slack anyway.
An employee working at Missouri’s current minimum wage of $7.50 an hour averages $15,600 dollars a year.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:23 Published in Local News
OZARK, MO (AP) – A southwest Missouri police checkpoint aimed at drunken drivers on St. Patrick’s Day instead snared 10 people suspected of possessing methamphetamine.
The Springfield News-Leader reports 12 arrests stemmed from the checkpoint Monday in Christian County, of which only one was for driving while intoxicated. The other was for possession of marijuana.
Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges says three of the 12 arrested in the operation also had outstanding warrants. He says the number of drug arrests -- and lack of drunken driving charges -- was unusual.