August 3, 2020

On August 4th, Missouri voters will decide if Medicaid should be expanded to cover more Missouri individuals. We complied a science note that highlights the primary scientific findings associated withe Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program established in 1965 to provide health insurance to low-income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Under Medicaid expansion, adults (age 19-65) with a household income less than 13% of the federal poverty level would be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage.

This year, four states will kick off their state-level science and technology policy fellowship programs – Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. In 2008, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) launched the first state-level science and technology policy fellowship (STPF) program. In partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation, CCST gave development grants to 9 states interested in building state-level fellowships. Two of those states – Connecticut and New Jersey – hired their first fellows in 2019. Idaho and North Carolina also received development grants from CCST, but Missouri and Virginia fundraised for their programs independently.
Join the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network!
MOST Policy Initiative and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have launched a new grassroots engagement and advocacy campaign to establish and nurture local and state-based multi-disciplinary peer networks of scientists and science enthusiasts dedicated to elevating the role of science in evidence-based public policy. We welcome scientists, engineers, and STEMM enthusiasts across the state to participate.
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Summer Science Reading Club
This summer, we will be reading through and discussing 5 books covering scientific ethics, economics, trailblazers, and more. Join us as we discuss these books in a private Facebook group and on live Zoom discussions every two weeks this summer. The first 15 people to sign up for each book will receive complimentary copies of the book, made possible by a Research!America Civic Engagement Microgrant.
Missouri Science Debate
MOST Policy Initiative would like your feedback! We've developed a questionnaire that is meant to allow congressional candidates to share their views on science and technology, health and medicine, and the environment, issues of increasing and urgent importance to many Missourians. All candidates running for congressional seats in November 2020 will be sent this questionnaire after the primary elections. Responses from all candidates will be made public and shared with interested voters.
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Election Security Virtual Briefing
Did you know that there are evidence-based strategies to secure elections? Elections and voting are fundamental components of the American democracy. Using paper ballots and conducting risk-limiting audits are the most effective ways to make sure that each vote counts and that our elections are safe from interference. In this briefing, Michael Fernandez with the Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) discusses recent findings on how to secure elections.
Missouri Researchers Responding to COVID-19: July 2020 Updates
In April, MOST Policy Initiative partnered with Missouri Cures Education Foundation in hosting the Missouri Fighting COVID-19 Virtual Briefing with prestigious scientists and doctors across Missouri. The video received great feedback, so we have gathered updated on how Missouri researchers are responding to COVID-19 this summer.

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