health insurance http://kbia.org en 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 Computer woes blamed for idle health care workers http://kbia.org/post/computer-woes-blamed-idle-health-care-workers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">The federal government agency that oversees applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act says that the computer problems which plagued early sign-ups are to blame for problems at a suburban St. Louis processing center.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:56:51 +0000 Associated Press 54455 at http://kbia.org Computer woes blamed for idle health care workers Missouri talks Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-talks-medicaid-expansion <p>Medicaid expansion has been a widely talked about subject throughout the state of Missouri. Medicaid is federally funded state healthcare program for those that do not make enough money to be their own healthcare, or their employer does not provide it for them.</p><p>The Medicaid policy in place now only covers those who make less than $4,500 a year total for a family of four. It also allows subsidies paid to those who make more than $89,000 a year. Those in between this gap are left without health insurance.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:14:13 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 54184 at http://kbia.org Missouri talks Medicaid expansion Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/over-150k-sign-health-plans-missouri <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:27:15 +0000 Associated Press 52295 at http://kbia.org Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group http://kbia.org/post/hobby-lobby-attorney-starts-missouri-group <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:20:24 +0000 Associated Press 49941 at http://kbia.org Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group Missouri sued over limits on health reform advice http://kbia.org/post/missouri-sued-over-limits-health-reform-advice <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Some health care advocates are suing the state of Missouri over legal limits on the counselors enlisted to help consumers navigate the new online health insurance marketplace.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:52:56 +0000 Associated Press 44672 at http://kbia.org Mo. Dept of Insurance makes rules for online health care marketplace "navigators" http://kbia.org/post/mo-dept-insurance-makes-rules-online-health-care-marketplace-navigators <p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Insurance has filed an emergency rule for the licensing of people that will help state residents search for health plans on an online marketplace. Legislation signed this year by Gov. Jay Nixon creates state requirements for the helpers, who are called navigators.</p><p>People applying for a state license will need to pass an examination. The cost for applying will be $25 for individuals and $50 for an entity. Licenses will be valid for two years. Requirements for a navigator license will include being age 18 or older, living in Missouri or keeping a business in the state. Those wanting to be navigators also should not have committed any acts that would grounds to refuse an insurance producer license. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:21:09 +0000 Associated Press 37766 at http://kbia.org Mo. Dept of Insurance makes rules for online health care marketplace "navigators" Bill on Nixon's desk could add barrier in enrolling Missourians in ACA marketplace http://kbia.org/post/bill-nixons-desk-could-add-barrier-enrolling-missourians-aca-marketplace <p></p><p><em>&nbsp;Update: Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/actions/">signed SB 262 into law</a> on Friday, July 12.&nbsp;</em></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:26:12 +0000 Harum Helmy 36792 at http://kbia.org Bill on Nixon's desk could add barrier in enrolling Missourians in ACA marketplace Fewer Mo. residents get health insurance at work http://kbia.org/post/fewer-mo-residents-get-health-insurance-work <p>The percentage of people who get health insurance through their employer has dropped significantly in Missouri during the past decade.</p><p>A report released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that fewer than 63 percent of Missouri residents had employer-sponsored health insurance in 2011, down from 75 percent in 2000.</p><p>Missouri's decline was greater than national average of a roughly 10 percentage point drop.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:06:15 +0000 Associated Press 31863 at http://kbia.org Fewer Mo. residents get health insurance at work Koster requests clarification regarding contraception law http://kbia.org/post/koster-requests-clarification-regarding-contraception-law <p></p><div>Attorney General Chris Koster wants a federal judge to clarify a recent ruling that struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control insurance coverage.</div><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:09:47 +0000 Associated Press 31231 at http://kbia.org Koster requests clarification regarding contraception law Bill forbids upcharge for "telemedicine" insurance http://kbia.org/post/bill-forbids-upcharge-telemedicine-insurance <p>The Missouri Senate has approved legislation requiring insurance companies to cover medical services provided electronically if they cover for the same service delivered in person. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:26:37 +0000 Associated Press 31165 at http://kbia.org Bill forbids upcharge for "telemedicine" insurance Mo. Senate endorses eating disorder study http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-endorses-eating-disorder-study <p>The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would study the cost of making insurance companies provide coverage for eating disorders. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:01:39 +0000 Associated Press 31103 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate endorses eating disorder study Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance http://kbia.org/post/healthcare-overhaul-could-change-way-farmers-access-insurance <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, we'll examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, and hear how one enzyme manufacturer was able to grow its business.</span></p></div><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:35:19 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 30271 at http://kbia.org Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance Health insurance unknowns loom for farmers as Affordable Care Act approaches http://kbia.org/post/health-insurance-unknowns-loom-farmers-affordable-care-act-approaches <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Marilyn Andersen raises angora goats and llamas for wool that she spins and weaves in her studio at Two Cedars Weaving in Story City, Iowa. She also has a part-time job coordinating distribution of local produce through a service called Farm to Folk. Neither effort comes with health insurance. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:09:37 +0000 Amy Mayer 30077 at http://kbia.org Health insurance unknowns loom for farmers as Affordable Care Act approaches Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law http://kbia.org/post/judge-blocks-mo-birth-control-insurance-law <p>A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:35:24 +0000 Associated Press 26350 at http://kbia.org Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law MU curators consider benefits proposal http://kbia.org/post/mu-curators-consider-benefits-proposal <p>A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:13:59 +0000 The Associated Press 25554 at http://kbia.org MU curators consider benefits proposal Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law http://kbia.org/post/half-million-missourians-gain-insurance-under-health-care-law <p>In Missouri, an estimated 835,000 people don&#39;t have health insurance &ndash; that&#39;s about 14 percent of the state&#39;s population. But in the next couple of years, that figure is going to change. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care law, about half a million Missourians will join the rolls of the insured &ndash; either through Medicaid, the private insurance market, or with the help of subsidies provided by the federal government. The percentage of uninsured will drop to five percent of the population.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:33:27 +0000 Jacob Fenston 17370 at http://kbia.org Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law Mo. insurers to issue nearly $61M in refunds http://kbia.org/post/mo-insurers-issue-nearly-61m-refunds <p>Some of Missouri&#39;s largest insurance companies will be refunding consumers almost $61 million this month under a provision of the federal healthcare law. Insurers who failed to spend at least 80 percent of premium-dollars on medical care and quality improvement have to repay the difference to consumers. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:59:11 +0000 VĂ©ronique LaCapra 17120 at http://kbia.org Mo. insurers to issue nearly $61M in refunds Contraception debate moves to the Missouri House http://kbia.org/post/contraception-debate-moves-missouri-house <p>Debate continues in the Missouri legislature over the Obama administration&#39;s &quot;contraception mandate,&quot; which will require health insurance to include coverage for birth control. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, a House committee hears testimony on a largely symbolic bill, opposing the mandate.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="Radiotitle"> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:31:52 +0000 Jacob Fenston 13007 at http://kbia.org Contraception debate moves to the Missouri House Another roadblock for Missouri health exchange http://kbia.org/post/another-roadblock-missouri-health-exchange <p>Last session, Republicans in the Missouri Senate blocked the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange. The online insurance marketplace is required under Obama&#39;s health reform law, but has become a political football in states like Missouri, with a Republican-controlled legislature. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, Republican senators move to put one more roadblock on the path to a state exchange.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:45:33 +0000 Jacob Fenston 6843 at http://kbia.org Another roadblock for Missouri health exchange KBIA Newscast for Dec. 30, 2011 http://kbia.org/post/kbia-newscast-dec-30-2011 <p>Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:52:27 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 6210 at http://kbia.org Missouri Health Premiums Below National Average http://kbia.org/post/missouri-health-premiums-below-national-average <p>Missouri families pay close to twenty percent of income on health insurance premiums. If that sounds like a lot, stay away from Mississippi. Families in that state pay the highest percentage of their income toward health insurance: 28 percent. This, according to a <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2011/Nov/State-Trends-in-Premiums.aspx">new study</a> by the Commonwealth Fund.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:30:26 +0000 Jacob Fenston 3779 at http://kbia.org Missouri Health Premiums Below National Average Insurance Premiums Hit Record High http://kbia.org/post/insurance-premiums-hit-record-high <p>Health care premiums are at a record high &ndash; up nine percent since last year. A survey released Tuesday shows the average family is now paying over 15 thousand dollars a year on health care premiums. KBIA&rsquo;s Jacob Fenston reports the rising costs are affecting Missourians as well.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:20:22 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2006 at http://kbia.org