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Upcoming Chamber Membership Meetings

August 5th at Noon - Zoom Meeting

August's Membership meeting will be held on zoom. Your microphone will be muted upon entering. If your mic isn't muted please mute yourself. If you have a question, please use the raise hand or chat feature so that we can keep everything organized and a good experience for all. As you know with technology, things can happen. Thank you for being patient with us as well try this new venture! ~ The Board of Directors.

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86496279015
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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS 
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Missourians will vote on Medicaid expansion. Amendment 2 would support rural healthcare facilities including Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital. It will decrease the number of uninsured Missourians, which means the hospital can expect reduced amounts of uncompensated care, and it will help low-income members of our community who don’t have coverage and delay care because of the cost, get the care they need.
 
As COVID-19 has moved through the state, we have seen the health and economic toll it has exacted.  Health care is essential, and Medicaid coverage will help hardworking, low-income individuals access the care they need, when they need it — now, and in the future. 
 
When the Affordable Care Act was adopted, cuts to hospital payments were linked to expanded access to coverage. The cuts and coverage were designed to offset one another and help move toward a system where nearly all Americans could access the health care system when they needed it. When the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Medicaid expansion component of the ACA, the nation became a patchwork of expansion and non-expansion states. Health care coverage shouldn’t be about which side of a state line you reside in.
 
After years of inaction by legislators, hospitals and other stakeholders have worked hard to collect signatures to present the issue to voters. In less than a month, Missourians will decide for themselves whether we should take this important step.
 
Rural hospitals, and all hospitals and members of the health care system, have a lot at stake. You have a say in the direction the state takes. Please vote on Aug. 4 and help us say Yes on Amendment 2 for Medicaid expansion.  
 
For more information, please visit the links below:
Missouri Hospital Association
https://web.mhanet.com/medicaid-expansion.aspx
 
Missouri Foundation for Health
https://mffh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MFH-Medicaid-Expansion-Message-Guide.pdf
 
 
Natalie Counts
Sr. Consultant, Communications & Marketing
573-468-5619 | natalie.counts@bjc.org

751 Sappington Bridge Road  Sullivan, MO 63080
 
Good Afternoon,
 
My name is Melissa Melton and I am the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for Missouri at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. I am trying to reach more clients of Crawford county in assisting them with our SNAP Food Stamp Application assistance. Due to my State contract I can assist clients 100% over the phone and submit their application for them.
 
I’m focusing on helping as many Crawford county clients as I can. I’m hoping you are able to share our SNAP flyer with those in need and have them reach out to call me. I also have a referral website (see below) where if you or they fill in their information, I will receive it and will call them immediately to assist them with their SNAP application.
 
Please share the flyer and link on websites, Facebook, email blasts, social media, everywhere, ext. I would love to reach as much of Crawford county as possible and with community leaders like you I’m hoping to do just that. Every $5 in SNAP Benefits generates around $9 in economic activity and with everything happening right now no one should wonder where their next meal comes from.
 
Direct Referral Link: https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=GSNAP_Survey&s_src=X16YSTLOU&s_subsrc=%7bdevice%7d&s_keyword=%7bkeyword%7d
 
Please reach out if you have any questions or ideas for how I can assist your clients and communities 😊
 
Best,
Melissa Melton
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION IN NEW GRANT PROGRAMS FOR MISSOURI BUSINESSES

 
Press Release
JULY 14, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY — Today, Governor Mike Parson announced $50 million in new grant programs for Missouri businesses.

“The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted Missouri businesses,” Governor Parson said. “However, this challenge has not stopped them from stepping up and finding new ways to serve Missourians. These critical programs will help Missouri businesses continue their operations, cover costs for increased PPE production, and keep them safe and moving forward.”

“This virus isn’t going away, and we have to protect both the lives and the livelihoods of Missouri workers, families, and children,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “Thanks to today’s action by the Governor, we are not only reinvesting in our economy but building up the success and safety of our state over the long term.”

$30 Million Small Business Grant Program

The Small Business Grant Program was developed to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of business interruption costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This program is available to for-profit businesses and family-owned farms that employ 50 or fewer employees. Funds can be used to cover facility redesign and labor, air filtration systems, e-commerce website design, worker salaries during closure or reduced hours, and necessary costs to make the business more resilient as a result of COVID-19, among others.

“We know that every segment of agriculture has felt the tremendous impact of COVID-19 and will for many years,” Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said. “We have continuously worked with Governor Parson and colleagues across state government— including DED and the General Assembly – to provide support for the unmet needs of Missouri’s family-owned farms and ranches.”

$20 Million PPE Retooling Grant Program

The PPE Production Grant Program is designed to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The new program will help companies produce PPE in Missouri as part of the state’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.

This program assists manufacturers by awarding grant funds to reimburse companies facing high PPE production costs. Eligible uses for awarded funds under the PPE Production Grant Program include purchasing equipment and retooling, upgrading, or expanding facilities to increase PPE production.

Funding for these programs comes from the CARES Act. The programs will be administered through the Department of Economic Development. Businesses interested in the programs can learn more and apply at showmestrong.mo.gov.

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