Health & Wealth Desk http://kbia.org en Future doctors learn from rural communities http://kbia.org/post/future-doctors-learn-rural-communities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>MU medical student Kayla Matzek is working at Cox Hospital in Branson, Missouri this summer. While a community with a population of only 10,000 might not seem attractive to some medical students, southwest Missouri is right where Matzek wants to be.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 56204 at http://kbia.org Future doctors learn from rural communities Intersection Live: How to talk to your Doc http://kbia.org/post/intersection-live-how-talk-your-doc <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>Have you ever left a doctor’s office with more questions than answers? Don’t let that happen again.&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:13:40 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Katie Hiler & Austin Federa 56136 at http://kbia.org Intersection Live: How to talk to your Doc Why the health insurance marketplace could be called a success in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/why-health-insurance-marketplace-could-be-called-success-missouri <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(38, 38, 38); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Last month the U.S Department of Health and Human Services <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/Premiums/2014MktPlacePremBrf.pdf">announced</a Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 55794 at http://kbia.org Why the health insurance marketplace could be called a success in Missouri Why rural Missouri is losing doctors http://kbia.org/post/why-rural-missouri-losing-doctors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost 800,000 uninsured </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became eligible for coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace earlier this year. As the state continues to consider extending coverage to even more individuals through Medicaid expansion, the need for primary care doctors will increase as well.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:07:35 +0000 Hope Kirwan 55452 at http://kbia.org Why rural Missouri is losing doctors From home to hospital to home: closing the loop in healthcare http://kbia.org/post/home-hospital-home-closing-loop-healthcare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Your medical record can be more than just the file in which your doctor scribbles notes during your appointment. With help from movement sensors similar to those in an Xbox Kinect, patient data can be recorded in the home and shared easily with your network of doctors and hospitals, creating a comprehensive and&nbsp;accessible medical file.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:37:56 +0000 Hope Kirwan 55092 at http://kbia.org From home to hospital to home: closing the loop in healthcare Fruits, veggies and a healthier lifestyle http://kbia.org/post/fruits-veggies-and-healthier-lifestyle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="http://columbiafarmersmarket.org/">Columbia Farmer’s Market</a> brings many different people together on Saturday mornings. Thanks to a local food program run by <a href="http://www.sfandc.org/">Sustainable Farms and Communities</a>, this includes low-income families who can receive extra help to purchase fresh and locally-produced foods.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 54720 at http://kbia.org Fruits, veggies and a healthier lifestyle Where Missouri stands on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/where-missouri-stands-medicaid-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>By now Missourians are familiar with the debate over expanding Medicaid in the state.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 54338 at http://kbia.org Where Missouri stands on Medicaid expansion A different perspective on veterans healthcare in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/different-perspective-veterans-healthcare-missouri <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the discussion about veterans healthcare, the severity of the problem really depends on who you talk to.</span></p><p>Some lawmakers say the secret patient lists and unreasonable wait times are unfortunate but isolated instances. But others are calling for serious reforms of the whole VA system.</p><p>While the opinions of these lawmakers are important to the future of veterans healthcare, what about someone who works with the healthcare system every day?</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 53973 at http://kbia.org A different perspective on veterans healthcare in Missouri New Missouri task force looks for ways to help people with MS http://kbia.org/post/new-missouri-task-force-looks-ways-help-people-ms <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Mis</span>souri legislature passed a resolution to establish a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force on May 6.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/">resolution</a>, Missouri lawmakers created the task force to “identify and address the unmet needs of persons with MS.”</p><p>Among many issues, the task force will be looking at MS treatments for Missourians. &nbsp;Medical expenses for a person with MS can reach almost $70,000 per year. Access to these treatments can also be a concern.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Hope Kirwan 53630 at http://kbia.org New Missouri task force looks for ways to help people with MS Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs http://kbia.org/post/rural-hospitals-model-cutting-healthcare-costs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:24:55 +0000 Katie Hiler 53305 at http://kbia.org Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about http://kbia.org/post/charity-dental-care-gives-uninsured-missourians-something-smile-about <p></p><p><em>&nbsp; Note: A portion of this story was aired as part of the Health &amp; Wealth Update for 5/14/2014</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I think about adult dental care in Missouri, I think of Ben Affleck. In the movie <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrjKb0xy8SQ"><em>Argo</em></a>, CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, pitches his plan to extract six American hostages from Iran by pretending to be on a Hollywood scouting trip. The CIA director doesn’t think it’ll work and wants to look for a better option. That’s when Mendez says:</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:07:37 +0000 Katie Hiler 52947 at http://kbia.org Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate http://kbia.org/post/missouri-dental-clinic-serves-states-most-desperate <p></p><p></p><p>Back in 2005, Missouri de-funded dental care for all Medicaid recipients except, children, pregnant women and the disabled. And it’s left a lot of people with only bad options.</p><p>Many of them find themselves in the ER with tooth infections, where cost for treatment per patient can run on average around $9,000. Some try to find affordable care at <a href="http://www.raconline.org/topics/federally-qualified-health-centers">Federally Qualified Health Centers</a> where services are discounted for low-income patients, but aren't free.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:13:01 +0000 Katie Hiler 52892 at http://kbia.org Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate Forget fuel tax, Missouri pushes sales tax increase to fund MoDOT http://kbia.org/post/forget-fuel-tax-missouri-pushes-sales-tax-increase-fund-modot <p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:45:50 +0000 Katie Hiler 52560 at http://kbia.org Forget fuel tax, Missouri pushes sales tax increase to fund MoDOT Parents raise concerns over closing of University Village day care center http://kbia.org/post/parents-raise-concerns-over-closing-university-village-day-care-center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Naomi Clark, a doctoral candidate in the English department, began taking her children to the Student Parent Center in 2009. Over the past five years, Clark has completed her Master’s degree and will be getting her PhD this semester.</span></p><p>Clark said she would not have completed her degrees without the <a href="http://www.studentparentcenter.missouri.edu/">Student Parent Center</a> and that many of her classmates feel the same way.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:04:58 +0000 Hope Kirwan 52202 at http://kbia.org Parents raise concerns over closing of University Village day care center Grandparents face legal issues, financial strain when raising grandchildren http://kbia.org/post/grandparents-face-legal-issues-financial-strain-when-raising-grandchildren <p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 51751 at http://kbia.org Grandparents face legal issues, financial strain when raising grandchildren Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health http://kbia.org/post/missouri-legislator-supports-medicaid-coverage-oral-health <p></p><p></p><p>The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 51389 at http://kbia.org Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature http://kbia.org/post/grandparent-guardians-get-help-missouri-silver-haired-legislature-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://health.mo.gov/seniors/silverhaired/">Silver Haired Legislature</a> is an elected body of Missouri senior citizens who advocate for legislation that addresses the concerns of older adults, like pay day loan restrictions and elder abuse. But recently they’ve thrown their support behind a unique issue – children in the care of grandparents, and the complicated process of obtaining legal guardianship in the state of Missouri. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50999 at http://kbia.org Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature State Dental Director Ray Storm at the helm of Missouri's oral health programs http://kbia.org/post/state-dental-director-ray-storm-helm-missouris-oral-health-programs <p></p><p>While the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion have been the topics du jour in recent weeks, one of the most overlooked aspects of healthcare in the state of Missouri may be oral health. In 2012 <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/">The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States</a> issued a report card for all 50 states based on&nbsp;eight benchmarks that they consider important steps to improve and expand access to dental health. Missouri received a grade of C, having met or exceeded only half of those benchmarks.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50597 at http://kbia.org State Dental Director Ray Storm at the helm of Missouri's oral health programs As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories http://kbia.org/post/enrollment-deadline-draws-near-missourians-share-their-health-insurance-stories <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50277 at http://kbia.org As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period http://kbia.org/post/health-insurance-navigators-help-missourians-final-days-enrollment-period <p></p><p></p><p>With the March 31 enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act drawing near, healthcare centers across the state have been ramping up efforts to get Missourians signed-up. The group <a href="http://covermissouri.org/">Cover Missouri </a>organized a number of enrollment events across the state earlier this month.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:44:49 +0000 Marissanne Lewis-Thompson 50229 at http://kbia.org Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy http://kbia.org/post/missouri-youth-take-challenges-anti-tobacco-advocacy <p></p><p>On a Thursday morning in late February, a group of 100 middle and high school students gathered in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City for a capitol day event organized by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board. Their goal was to speak with their legislators about making the building smoke-free. Unlike every other public building in Jefferson City, the capitol building doesn’t entirely comply with the city’s smoking ban - lawmakers are unofficially allowed to smoke in their offices.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:00:59 +0000 Katie Hiler 49883 at http://kbia.org Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy State lawmakers help keep Missouri smoking rates high http://kbia.org/post/state-lawmakers-help-keep-missouri-smoking-rates-high <p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 49805 at http://kbia.org State lawmakers help keep Missouri smoking rates high U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline http://kbia.org/post/us-secretary-agriculture-tom-vilsack-explains-healthcare-enrollment-deadline <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:18 +0000 Katie Hiler 49488 at http://kbia.org U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline ‘Private Violence’ dismantles domestic abuse myths http://kbia.org/post/private-violence-dismantles-domestic-abuse-myths <p></p><p>When her ex-husband would beat her, survivor Deanna Walters says her family used to ask her "Why don't you just leave him?"&nbsp;</p><p>If only the answer were simple. And for long-time advocate for domestic abuse survivors Kit Gruelle, if only no one would ever ask that question.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:34:22 +0000 Harum Helmy 48761 at http://kbia.org ‘Private Violence’ dismantles domestic abuse myths More Medicaid debate expected in the 2014 Mo. legislative session http://kbia.org/post/more-medicaid-debate-expected-2014-mo-legislative-session <p></p><p>At his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon renewed his push to expand Medicaid, the health insurance program for the low-income population, in Missouri. He was careful, though, not to mention the “e” word itself. Instead, the governor called lawmakers to work on reforming the program.</p><p>“I look forward to working with all of you to bring affordable health coverage to working families in Missouri, and reform Medicaid the Missouri way,” said Nixon.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:50:17 +0000 Harum Helmy 46984 at http://kbia.org More Medicaid debate expected in the 2014 Mo. legislative session My Farm Roots: Community counts http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-community-counts <div><p></p><p><em>This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Matt Pauly has traveled the world&nbsp; – he’s lived in New York, Paris, South Korea – but he’s still a farm boy at heart.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45709 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Community counts My Farm Roots: Born to farm http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-born-farm <div><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p></div><div><p>One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45706 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Born to farm Success with HealthCare.gov takes patience, persistence http://kbia.org/post/success-healthcaregov-takes-patience-persistence <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On an afternoon in early December, 60-year-old Columbia resident Jeannie Wyble sits in a small cubicle at Columbia’s Family Health Center, telling Aaron Swaney, a HealthCare.gov application counselor, about the heart attack she suffered in 2002.</p><p>“I quit smoking when I had my heart attack,” Wyble said. “Smoked my last cigarette on the way to the ER, never smoked another one.”</p><p>At the time, Wyble was still insured through her husband’s union plan. But after the heart attack, the insurance company began increasing her monthly premium. Wyble says at one point, she had to pay almost $500 a month.</p><p>“And then when we found out they were going to jump even more again the following January,” Wyble said. “It was very clear to us that we couldn’t pay my premiums anymore and that mine would just have to be dropped. In effect, [the insurance company] decided to get rid of me, and it worked. They did. They got rid of me.”</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:22:56 +0000 Harum Helmy 45567 at http://kbia.org Success with HealthCare.gov takes patience, persistence Lukewarm response to HealthCare.gov enrollment outreach in rural Missouri http://kbia.org/post/lukewarm-response-healthcaregov-enrollment-outreach-rural-missouri <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As an Affordable Care Act navigator, Kate King has been traveling to counties throughout central Missouri spreading awareness of and getting </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enrolled in HealthCare.gov. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King works with the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, which serves a 19-county area, 17 of them rural. The agency is part of a nonprofit alliance that received $750,000 in federal grants in August to help with Healthcare.gov outreach.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2">&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:31:56 +0000 Harum Helmy 45469 at http://kbia.org Lukewarm response to HealthCare.gov enrollment outreach in rural Missouri Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot http://kbia.org/post/aiming-bacon-day-meat-shoot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2013/12/MeatShootweb_0.mp3" class="asset-audio">Maria Altman reports on the tradition of the "meat shoot."</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first thing you need to know about a meat shoot is that they don’t shoot animals.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“That’s not a crazy question, you know, we get that a lot,” said </span>DeeDee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lakas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, laughing a bit. “Do you shoot the meat? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:20:22 +0000 Maria Altman 45066 at http://kbia.org Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot