affordable care act http://kbia.org en 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 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 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 Missouri healthcare enrollment success still leaves room for improvement http://kbia.org/post/missouri-healthcare-enrollment-success-still-leaves-room-improvement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Health and Human Services released data Thursday showing that 152,335 </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are enrolled in health insurance marketplace plans. The number of enrollees more than doubled in March alone, the total exceeding the federal goal by 29 percent.</span></p><p>Data also showed, however, that 300,000 people in the state are unable to get insurance due to ineligibility for Medicaid or financial help in the marketplace.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:18:07 +0000 RIKKI-LEE BURLEY 52350 at http://kbia.org Missouri healthcare enrollment success still leaves room for improvement 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 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? 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 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 GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/gop-state-senators-reject-medicaid-expansion <p>Several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.</p><p>Five GOP senators took to the Senate floor Monday as the Legislature returned from spring break to say they will block any attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility during the session that ends in mid-May.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:16:52 +0000 Associated Press 50176 at http://kbia.org GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion MU law professor involved with Supreme Court case http://kbia.org/post/mu-law-professor-involved-supreme-court-case <p>An associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law is involved in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.</p><p>Josh Hawley is on a team of about 15 lawyers working on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc. The case addresses whether businesses can use religious objections to avoid a requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control for employees.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:54:26 +0000 Associated Press 50110 at http://kbia.org MU law professor involved with Supreme Court case 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 Study finds thousands of Mo. Latinos have new health insurance options http://kbia.org/post/study-finds-thousands-mo-latinos-have-new-health-insurance-options <p>A report issued Tuesday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services found that almost 200,000 Latinos in Missouri may have new options for health coverage. The report says they might qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or for lower costs on premiums&nbsp; through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 43,000 of the eligible Missouri Latinos are currently uninsured, the report says.</p><p>Aaron Swaney, outreach and enrollment specialist at the Family Health Center, said the center does have a sizable portion of patients who are uninsured and Latino.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:02:40 +0000 Margaux Henquinet 48105 at http://kbia.org Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services http://kbia.org/post/nixon-pushes-medicaid-expansion-mental-health-services <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is reiterating his push for Medicaid reform, saying expanding the program would cover the 50,000 currently uninsured Missourians who need mental health services.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:01 +0000 Katie Hiler 47781 at http://kbia.org Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services 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 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 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 With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov http://kbia.org/post/deadline-looming-patients-sign-insurance-through-healthcaregov <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consumers who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have until Monday to enroll in a plan that would start on Jan. 1. But HealthCare.gov still has kinks that frustrate many consumers and navigators. </span>KBIA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Harum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Helmy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> followed one Columbia resident’s journey with the website.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 46117 at http://kbia.org With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov 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 More Missourians turn to healthcare exchange http://kbia.org/post/more-missourians-turn-healthcare-exchange <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports 4,124 Missouri residents have selected a health insurance plan through the federally run online marketplace healthcare.gov.</p><p>The department released the figures Wednesday. HHS said the insurance exchange had more than 31,000 applications from Missouri through Nov. 30. The applications sought coverage for nearly 63,000 people.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:31:39 +0000 Associated Press 45132 at http://kbia.org More Missourians turn to healthcare exchange 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 Interactive: Obamacare rates depend on where you live in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/interactive-obamacare-rates-depend-where-you-live-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you're a 38-year-old </span>Missourian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;living in </span>Pemiscot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County in the Bootheel, an Affordable Care Act "gold" insurance plan will cost you at least $418 per month, before subsidies. If you're a 38-year-old living in Kansas City, a similar plan will cost you about $263 per month.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's why:</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:11:24 +0000 Harum Helmy 44316 at http://kbia.org Interactive: Obamacare rates depend on where you live in Missouri Will Mo. insurance providers extend canceled health plans? http://kbia.org/post/will-mo-insurance-providers-extend-canceled-health-plans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health insurers serving the individual and small group markets in Missouri can continue selling plans that would have been canceled by Dec. 31 for not meeting the requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act, according to the state's Department of Insurance.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Starting in 2014, all health insurance plans must include some services from all of the law's "<a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/essential-health-benefits/">10 essential health benefit</a>" categories. The broadly defined categories include, among others: maternity care, behavioral health treatments, prescription drugs, laboratory services and preventive services.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Insurance companies <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/30/241895808/notices-canceling-health-insurance-leave-many-on-edge">have now sent cancelation notices to millions of Americans</a> who hold health plans that did not meet those requirements. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following nationwide criticism, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/15/245421224/consumer-guide-to-obamas-plan-for-canceled-health-policies">President Barack Obama proposed on Nov. 15</a> that the administration would allow the canceled plans to remain effective until the end of 2014.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:39:57 +0000 Harum Helmy 44153 at http://kbia.org Will Mo. insurance providers extend canceled health plans? 751 Missourians have chosen insurance plans on HealthCare.gov as of Nov. 2 http://kbia.org/post/751-missourians-have-chosen-insurance-plans-healthcaregov-nov-2 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Out of nearly 28,000 </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who have completed the applications for insurance through <a href="http://healthcare.gov">HealthCare.gov</a>, only 751 so far have chosen insurance plans. The online marketplace, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. Technological glitches made signing up nearly impossible in its first couple of weeks.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:38:34 +0000 Harum Helmy 43718 at http://kbia.org 751 Missourians have chosen insurance plans on HealthCare.gov as of Nov. 2 Judge rejects Mo. lawmaker's birth control suit http://kbia.org/post/judge-rejects-mo-lawmakers-birth-control-suit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A federal judge has thrown out a&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;lawmaker's lawsuit seeking an exemption from&nbsp;<font color="red">contraceptive</font>&nbsp;coverage under the new Affordable Care Act's insurance provisions.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:47:57 +0000 Associated Press 43627 at http://kbia.org Judge rejects Mo. lawmaker's birth control suit What's your Obamacare story? http://kbia.org/post/whats-your-obamacare-story <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Affordable Care Act's provisions continue to roll out, the law will continue to affect our lives.</span></p><p>In Missouri, where the legislature still hasn't expanded Medicaid, 193,000 adults will fall in what’s called the “<a href="http://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/item/whats-your-obamacare-story-help-propublica-cover-the-affordable-care-act">coverage gap</a>.” These adults aren’t eligible for Missouri’s current Medicaid program (which doesn’t cover any able-bodied adult without children, no matter how low his or her income), and they make too little money <a href="http://kbia.org/post/check-out-how-much-obamacare-going-cost-me-calculator">to qualify for any subsidies</a> that can help them pay for insurance premiums through the online health marketplace.</p><p>Despite the gap, <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/dotcom/client_service/Healthcare%20Systems%20and%20Services/PDFs/Exchanges_Go_Live_Early_Trends_in_Exchange_Filings_October_2013_FINAL.ashx">a national report says 40 percent</a> of the 800,000 in Missouri who are uninsured could be eligible for free insurance premiums through <a href="http://healthcare.gov">HealthCare.gov</a>. That is, of course, if the website would just <a href="http://kbia.org/post/healthcaregovs-rocky-first-month-leaves-plenty-questions">function properly</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, some people are also getting <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/11/05/243153004/insurance-firms-forced-to-cancel-many-individual-policies">kicked out of their existing insurance plans</a> -- some of which have been canceled for not meeting the basic coverage to be a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>KBIA needs your help in personalizing the stories mentioned above. Would you share with us your experience with the Affordable Care Act? Fill out the form below. We won’t publish your name or story without your permission.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="700" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fQShO-UVpn2KoFZeoKq6LDyvp4O7TrDGStsrdUqA4nE/viewform?embedded=true" width="600">Loading...</iframe></p><p><em>Hat tip to <a href="http://propublica.org">ProPublica</a>, who published the <a href="http://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/item/whats-your-obamacare-story-help-propublica-cover-the-affordable-care-act">original version</a> of this form.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:35:06 +0000 Harum Helmy 43426 at http://kbia.org What's your Obamacare story? McCaskill: Public will eventually like health law http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-public-will-eventually-health-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's "embarrassed and angry" about the rollout of a key part of the new federal health care law. But the&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;Democrat believes people will eventually come to like it.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:31:27 +0000 Associated Press 43025 at http://kbia.org McCaskill: Public will eventually like health law How the Obamacare insurance marketplace can help rural residents http://kbia.org/post/how-obamacare-insurance-marketplace-can-help-rural-residents <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s online insurance marketplace </span><a href="http://kbia.org/post/who-should-you-blame-health-care-exchange" style="line-height: 1.5;">has its problems</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but the service also has potential to help improve rural health. Jon M. Bailey, the director of rural research and analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs, went as far as putting it this way:</span></p><p>&ldquo;The new health insurance marketplaces were practically created for rural people.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:32:15 +0000 Harum Helmy 41760 at http://kbia.org How the Obamacare insurance marketplace can help rural residents Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act http://kbia.org/post/navigators-your-guide-affordable-care-act <p>Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html">Affordable Care Act</a>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 41562 at http://kbia.org Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act Missouri health exchange opens for business http://kbia.org/post/missouri-health-exchange-opens-business <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The wait is over for Missourians hoping to find out whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to its name when it comes to shopping for government-backed health insurance.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:50:22 +0000 Associated Press 41378 at http://kbia.org Missouri health exchange opens for business Navigating the new online health insurance marketplace http://kbia.org/post/navigating-new-online-health-insurance-marketplace <p></p><p></p><p><strong 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;">Watch the show and join the conversation on the&nbsp;<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Intersection website.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:45:24 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 41352 at http://kbia.org Navigating the new online health insurance marketplace