health literacy http://kbia.org en Reports highlight health disparities among blacks and Hispanics in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/reports-highlight-health-disparities-among-blacks-and-hispanics-missouri <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">African American and Hispanic </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> trail behind whites when it comes to health indicators. The nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health</span><a href="http://www.mffh.org/content/405/health-equity.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;"> published reports </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday on the health disparities of the two minority groups.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:57:24 +0000 Harum Helmy 34876 at http://kbia.org Reports highlight health disparities among blacks and Hispanics in Missouri Rural Reads: On the disparities of rural vs. urban cancer patients http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-disparities-rural-vs-urban-cancer-patients <p><i style="line-height: 1.5;">Every week, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting </i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(or so we think) </span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This week’s topics: guns in rural schools and how low health literacy affects rural cancer patients.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p2"> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:20:47 +0000 Harum Helmy 31211 at http://kbia.org The few things we know about Missouri's health insurance marketplace http://kbia.org/post/few-things-we-know-about-missouris-health-insurance-marketplace <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the second in a <a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/why-health-literacy-crucial-part-healthcare-reform">two-part discussion</a> about health literacy and the healthcare reform. &nbsp;</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not knowing what the online health insurance marketplace looks like might be problematic for&nbsp;</span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri’s uninsured can choose to buy insurance from the state’s health exchange come October. The exchange is an online marketplace where anyone who isn’t already insured will be able to compare and purchase private insurance plans. Some uninsured&nbsp;</span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;would be eligible for help with the cost, too. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Missouri has missed the deadline to create its own marketplace or start a state-federal partnership. So, the federal government is setting it up. The problem is, even though the marketplace is supposed to be open for enrollment in about six months, no one knows what it looks like yet.</p><p>“We’re losing time that could be useful in helping people understand and prepare [for the exchange],” said&nbsp;Catina&nbsp;O’Leary,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.healthliteracymissouri.org/">the director of Health Literacy Missouri</a>, a nonprofit group that’s working to make health care topics more understandable for&nbsp;Missourians. “It would be really great if we could manage people’s expectations and start training on what they’re going to need to know.”</p><p>But here's what we know so far:&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:47:23 +0000 Harum Helmy 30743 at http://kbia.org The few things we know about Missouri's health insurance marketplace Why health literacy is a crucial part of healthcare reform http://kbia.org/post/why-health-literacy-crucial-part-healthcare-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week's Health and Wealth Update, the first part of a discussion about health literacy and the healthcare reform.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:31:49 +0000 Harum Helmy 30332 at http://kbia.org Why health literacy is a crucial part of healthcare reform Health Reform Targets Health Literacy http://kbia.org/post/health-reform-targets-health-literacy <p>Nearly one million more Americans were without health insurance in 2010, compared with the year before. That&rsquo;s according to new Census numbers released Tuesday, which also show the Midwest has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation. But even for people who have health insurance, understanding a doctor&rsquo;s orders can be an obstacle to getting good care.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:28:49 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2000 at http://kbia.org Health Reform Targets Health Literacy