Elana Gordon http://kbia.org en Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap http://kbia.org/post/young-people-are-falling-health-insurance-subsidy-gap Some young people seeking to buy health insurance are finding themselves falling into a subsidy gap that leaves them ineligible for financial assistance that was heavily advertised.<p>Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year.<p>But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 49826 at http://kbia.org Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements http://kbia.org/post/philadelphia-childrens-hospital-bars-herbs-and-supplements One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements.<p>In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them.<p><a href="http://paul-offit.com/">Dr. Paul Offit</a>, chief of infectious diseases at CHOP, tells The Salt the move comes after a "growing level of frustration" over the years. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 43784 at http://kbia.org Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way http://kbia.org/post/pennsylvania-governor-talks-plan-expand-medicaid-his-way Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid.<p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up the entire tab for the first three years.<p>Only <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-activity-around-expanding-medicaid-under-the-affordable-care-act/#map">about half the states</a> so far have planned to do that, starting Jan. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 42745 at http://kbia.org Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom http://kbia.org/post/cerner-fights-share-electronic-medical-records-boom This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.<p>The U.S. health system is undergoing a fundamental technological shift right now. Doctors and hospitals are finally moving to electronic health records, and it's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/15/201410052/doctors-take-prescription-for-computerized-records">not easy</a>. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 37182 at http://kbia.org Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom What most Missourians don't know about Hepatitis C, even when they're infected http://kbia.org/post/what-most-missourians-dont-know-about-hepatitis-c-even-when-theyre-infected <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur/audio/2013/05/052013_Hepatitis_C_WRAP.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/hepC.png" alt="" /><p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hepatitisc/index.html">recent report</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:21:20 +0000 Elana Gordon 34035 at http://kbia.org Missouri's Medicaid Director leaves http://kbia.org/post/missouris-medicaid-director-leaves <p>The director of Missouri’s Medicaid program, Dr. Ian McCaslin, has left.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:31:06 +0000 Elana Gordon 33856 at http://kbia.org Missouri's Medicaid Director leaves Bill expands opportunities for physician assistants in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/bill-expands-opportunities-physician-assistants-missouri <p></p><p>Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/sumpdf/HB0315T.pdf">A bill headed to the Governor’s desk</a> would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care.Physicians Assistants are trained health workers who practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor. Their training is shorter than that of a doctor, but they do exams, prescribe drugs and diagnose and treat illnesses. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:29:09 +0000 Elana Gordon 33847 at http://kbia.org Bill expands opportunities for physician assistants in Missouri Addressing death through a greeting card http://kbia.org/post/addressing-death-through-greeting-card <p></p><p>When <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/February/22/Regina-Holliday-patient-advocate.aspx">Regina Holliday’s</a> husband, Frederick Allen Holliday II, went to the hospital in 2009, he was already at the end stages of kidney cancer. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:45:48 +0000 Elana Gordon 31529 at http://kbia.org Addressing death through a greeting card Federal judge makes contraceptives mandate ruling http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-makes-contraceptives-mandate-ruling <p>A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law that directly challenges the so-called contraceptive mandate under the federal health law. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:08:38 +0000 Elana Gordon 30603 at http://kbia.org Federal judge makes contraceptives mandate ruling Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? http://kbia.org/post/will-missouri-adopt-prescription-drug-monitoring-program <p>Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.</p><p>“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:06:33 +0000 Elana Gordon 28431 at http://kbia.org Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit http://kbia.org/post/hospital-bids-bye-bye-big-macs-others-may-follow-suit The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.<p>Earlier this year, hospital CEO <a href="http://www.trumed.org/truweb/corporate/about_tmc/executive_bios/bios_bluford.aspx">John Bluford</a> told The Salt that the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/05/150091951/fast-food-chains-in-cafeterias-put-hospitals-in-a-bind">presence</a> of the McDonald's — located just feet from a revamped cafeteria to Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:51:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 26473 at http://kbia.org Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges http://kbia.org/post/missouri-kansas-reject-health-exchanges Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:47:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 24426 at http://kbia.org Federal government will step in to create Missouri's health exchange http://kbia.org/post/federal-government-will-step-create-missouris-health-exchange <p> The federal government will set up and manage a health exchange in Missouri. An exchange is an online marketplace where individuals and small businesses will soon shop for health plans. The Affordable Care Act, or obamacare, requires that all states have exchanges up and running by 2014. States have until next week to indicate whether they will run one or not. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:41:43 +0000 Elana Gordon 24280 at http://kbia.org Federal government will step in to create Missouri's health exchange Embracing healthy food: First steps http://kbia.org/post/embracing-healthy-food-first-steps-0 <p>In recent years, there has been a concerted push at the local and national levels to make healthy food more widely available, particularly in low-income areas. This is one focus of <a href="http://www.foodday.org/">Food Day</a>, which food groups and advocates celebrated across the U.S Wednesday. But while programs and systems are gradually putting fresh food front and center, changing eating habits can be even more complicated.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:22:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 24259 at http://kbia.org Embracing healthy food: First steps Debate heats up on Mo. cigarette tax increase http://kbia.org/post/debate-heats-mo-cigarette-tax-increase <p>A ballot measure that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax is starting to catch fire.</p><p>Leaders of the effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax are making stops across Missouri through the end of this week, to places like here to Lee’s Summit, Mo. on a yellow school bus.</p><p>Misty Snodgrass, with the <a href="http://www.cancer.org/index">American Cancer Society </a>says a jump in the state’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the country, to 90 cents a pack would help reign in the state’s high smoking rate while directing half of that added tax revenue into schools.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:50:46 +0000 Elana Gordon 22425 at http://kbia.org Debate heats up on Mo. cigarette tax increase State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations http://kbia.org/post/state-fines-aetna-over-autism-abortion-coverage-violations <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:12:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 21848 at http://kbia.org State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice http://kbia.org/post/mo-supreme-court-throws-out-caps-medical-malpractice <strong>Updated 4:33 p.m.</strong> <em>with reporting by KCUR&#39;s Elana&nbsp;Gordon.</em><p>Missouri&rsquo;s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.&nbsp; The court <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=55761">ruled today </a>in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.<p>A jury had previously awarded Watts over $1 million in non-economic damages for the injuries, but state legislation enacted the year before, li Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:14:53 +0000 Elana Gordon 18522 at http://kbia.org Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/nixons-stance-unclear-medicaid-expansion <p>In the wake of the Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.&nbsp; The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:34:11 +0000 Elana Gordon 17298 at http://kbia.org Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion Kansas City Hospital Offers Healthy Food Choices http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-hospital-offers-healthy-food-choices Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>One of the places you'd expect to find healthy food is in hospitals - boring, but healthy. But in recent decades, fast food restaurants have worked their way into hospitals around the country. That's despite growing evidence linking fast food menus to high rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Elana Gordon from member station KCUR in Kansas City takes us to one place that has been wrestling with that situation.<p>ELANA GORDON, BYLINE: It's lunchtime at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City's main hospital for low-income people. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:55:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 17207 at http://kbia.org MO Lt. Gov. to challenge health care ballot language http://kbia.org/post/mo-lt-gov-challenge-health-care-ballot-language <p>Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state&rsquo;s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that&rsquo;s slated to appear on the November ballot. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:57:39 +0000 Elana Gordon 17097 at http://kbia.org MO Lt. Gov. to challenge health care ballot language Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-decide-medicaid-expansion <p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:44:52 +0000 Elana Gordon 16884 at http://kbia.org Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion Voters to weigh in on state health exchange http://kbia.org/post/voters-weigh-state-health-exchange <p>In the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the federal health care law. Even if the court upholds the law, one key component will be under fire here in Missouri come November. On the ballot will be a measure targeting the law&#39;s required online marketplaces, or health insurance exchanges, where individuals and small businesses can buy plans.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:05:41 +0000 Elana Gordon 16075 at http://kbia.org Voters to weigh in on state health exchange Charity care at Missouri hospitals on the rise, new report finds http://kbia.org/post/charity-care-missouri-hospitals-rise-new-report-finds <p>Missouri hospitals are providing more charity care, according to a new analysis from the Missouri Foundation for Health.&nbsp;But, community health centers have also been easing the strain.</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:17:40 +0000 Elana Gordon 15249 at http://kbia.org Charity care at Missouri hospitals on the rise, new report finds Gov. Nixon optimistic over reaching a deal over workers compensation http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-optimistic-over-reaching-deal-over-workers-compensation <p>With just a few days left to go in Missouri&rsquo;s legislative session, Governor Jay Nixon says he&rsquo;s optimistic about reaching a deal with lawmakers on workers&rsquo; compensation legislation he previously rejected.&nbsp; While visiting a medical supplies company in North Kansas City on Tuesday to highlight positive economic and employment trends in the state, Nixon said he met with lawmakers Monday evening, before continuing work on the workers&rsquo; comp legislation.<br /> Tue, 15 May 2012 23:36:52 +0000 Elana Gordon 14198 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon optimistic over reaching a deal over workers compensation Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind http://kbia.org/post/fast-food-chains-cafeterias-put-hospitals-bind On one side of a wall inside the Truman Medical Center cafeteria in Kansas City, Missouri, the menu features low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:42:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 12089 at http://kbia.org Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads http://kbia.org/post/health-care-law-puts-free-clinics-crossroads Free health clinics have long been places people turn to when they don't have health insurance or any money to pay for care. But the health law's expansion of coverage puts free clinics in uncharted territory.<p>While the law goes before the Supreme Court this week, health providers are already gearing up for a surge in patients with insurance.<p>Around the country, hundreds of free clinics have been established over the past 50 years to treat patients like Patsy Duarte.<p>"I have no insurance. I have no other means of going to a doctor," Duarte says. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:33:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 11196 at http://kbia.org Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads