Véronique LaCapra http://kbia.org en Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? http://kbia.org/post/illinois-expanded-its-medicaid-program-missouri-didn-t-how-are-those-choices-working-out <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.</span></p><p>Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.</p><p>But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.</p><p>Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.</p><p>We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:11:04 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 50750 at http://kbia.org Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups http://kbia.org/post/obama-administration-will-allow-more-time-health-insurance-sign-ups <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Flickr Creative Commons Users/Compiled By Kelsey Proud, St. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:01:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 50286 at http://kbia.org Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex http://kbia.org/post/study-women-free-birth-control-doesnt-lead-risky-sex <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured)." data-attribution="Credit Via Wikimedia Commons/Victor byckttor" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/Vaginal_ring_Victor_byckttor.JPG" alt="" /><p>New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.<p>The analysis included 7,751 St. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:20:06 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 49316 at http://kbia.org Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex Political Battle Over Ozark National Park Heats Up http://kbia.org/post/political-battle-over-ozark-national-park-heats <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); margin-bottom: 0.2in; line-height: 15.75pt;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">(Updated at 3:39 p.m., February 20)</strong></em><p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 3 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:07:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 48107 at http://kbia.org Political Battle Over Ozark National Park Heats Up Trumpeter Swans Flock In Record Numbers To St. Louis-Area Bird Sanctuary http://kbia.org/post/trumpeter-swans-flock-record-numbers-st-louis-area-bird-sanctuary Every winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans migrate from their breeding grounds in Wisconsin to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, just across the Mississippi River from Alton.<p>This year there are about 900 of them, a record for our area.<p>On a recent cold, blustery St. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:48:45 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 47096 at http://kbia.org Trumpeter Swans Flock In Record Numbers To St. Louis-Area Bird Sanctuary Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek http://kbia.org/post/survey-shows-numerous-cancers-other-diseases-near-north-st-louis-county-creek <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:28:24 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 46788 at http://kbia.org Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton http://kbia.org/post/missouri-attorney-general-demands-more-monitoring-smoldering-landfill-bridgeton <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="An underground fire was first detected at the Bridgeton Landfill in December, 2010." data-attribution="Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:10:42 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 46469 at http://kbia.org Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions http://kbia.org/post/investigation-missouris-execution-drug-source-raises-legal-ethical-questions <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201311/executiongurneybwcropped_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><em>In an investigation spanning the past few months, St. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:04:28 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 46019 at http://kbia.org Investigation: Missouri's Execution Drug Source Raises Legal, Ethical Questions It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/its-back-flu-spreads-again-st-louis It’s winter again in St. Louis ― and that means the start of&#160;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/">flu season</a>.<p>Dr. Faisal Khan with the <a href="http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/InfluenzaInformation">St. Louis County Department of Health</a> says he’s seen a sharp spike in the number of reported flu cases in the past couple of weeks.<p>He says that quick uptick is normal for this time of year, and it’s too soon to tell whether the current pattern will continue.<p>“The fact is that any flu season is a coin toss,” Khan said. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:27:40 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45866 at http://kbia.org It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis Federal health insurance enrollment deadline nears http://kbia.org/post/federal-health-insurance-enrollment-deadline-nears <div>This Monday marks another big deadline under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the last day that people can sign up for insurance through the online marketplace and have their coverage begin on January 1.</span></div><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:30:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45628 at http://kbia.org Federal health insurance enrollment deadline nears Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change http://kbia.org/post/photojournalist-goes-under-ice-document-arctic-climate-change <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Randall </span>Hyman<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> is a St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer. For more than three decades, he has traveled the globe covering cultural and environmental issues.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:59:14 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45229 at http://kbia.org Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants http://kbia.org/post/sierra-club-alleges-thousands-air-quality-violations-amerens-st-louis-area-plants <em><strong>Updated Thursday 10:15 p.m.</strong></em><p>The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.<p>In a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201312/Ameren_Missouri_NOI_12.11.13_FINAL.pdf">Notice of Intent to Sue</a> delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's&#160;Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Standing among the crowd, Dr. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:32:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45225 at http://kbia.org Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration http://kbia.org/post/state-audit-faults-conservation-dept-overspending-elk-restoration <p>A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-restoration-plan-comes-under-fire-state-auditor">a 2011 audit</a> found it was way over budget.</p><p>The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.</p><p>But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:56:11 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 44970 at http://kbia.org State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration Washington University researcher explains the risk factors of childhood obesity http://kbia.org/post/washington-university-researcher-explains-risk-factors-childhood-obesity <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Obesity&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/facts.html" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">has increased dramatically</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;in the United States over the past several decades.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:27:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 44181 at http://kbia.org Washington University researcher explains the risk factors of childhood obesity Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply http://kbia.org/post/mo-moving-forward-executions-despite-secrecy-over-drug-supply A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-halts-execution-using-controversial-drug-why-change-plans">reported</a> on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:40:40 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Véronique LaCapra 43792 at http://kbia.org Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply