healthcare http://kbia.org en Pre-filed legislation would restore cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits http://kbia.org/post/pre-filed-legislation-would-restore-cap-damages-medical-malpractice-lawsuits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican legislators in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:26:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45224 at http://kbia.org 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 Facing death: Couple develops strategy while coping with cancer http://kbia.org/post/facing-death-couple-develops-strategy-while-coping-cancer <p>Death. It's often a taboo topic of conversation, despite its inevitability.</p><p>But that's not the case for everyone. David Oliver, retired medical professor at MU, and his wife, Debbie, gave a presentation yesterday evening (Dec. 3) titled, "Our Exit Strategy: Depriving Death of Its Strangeness."</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:00:59 +0000 Nate Anton 44749 at http://kbia.org Facing death: Couple develops strategy while coping with cancer Healthcare clinic to close in Belle http://kbia.org/post/healthcare-clinic-close-belle <p>The Agape Clinic in Belle is closing Tuesday and will leave hundreds of Missourians without healthcare.</p><p>Executive director Margie Lange said the clinic is closing because the legal physician she was working with sold his practice to a local hospital.</p><p>The hospital&rsquo;s legal liability carrier decided to discontinue the legal collaborative practice agreement between Agape and the hospital. Lange said most of the patients Agape served are unsure what they will do for healthcare.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:52:45 +0000 Mark Bergin 41404 at http://kbia.org Healthcare clinic to close in Belle Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds http://kbia.org/post/nixon-releases-just-over-half-withheld-budget-funds <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;">Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget.&nbsp; 215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri.&nbsp; Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:59:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 40442 at http://kbia.org Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds Missouri faces shortage of primary care doctors http://kbia.org/post/missouri-faces-shortage-primary-care-doctors <p>Missouri is facing a shortage of primary care doctors, and the strain could grow as more people soon gain health insurance under the federal health care law.</p><p>The state had just under 74 active patient care primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, according to 2010 figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That ranked Missouri 35th in the nation and put it behind the national per capita average of more than 79 active primary care doctors per 100,000 residents.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:03:55 +0000 Associated Press 35944 at http://kbia.org Missouri faces shortage of primary care doctors Nixon expects more than 1,000 to rally for Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/nixon-expects-more-1000-rally-medicaid-expansion <p>Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it is expecting more than 1,000 people to rally at the Missouri Capitol in support of Medicaid expansion. The Democratic governor plans to speak at this afternoon's event as part of his effort to expand Medicaid to more lower-income adults as envisioned by the federal health care law.</p><p>Republican legislators so far have refused to embrace a Medicaid expansion. And the prospects may be getter dimmer.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:48:38 +0000 Associated Press 32137 at http://kbia.org Nixon expects more than 1,000 to rally for Medicaid expansion Mo. Senate passes "telemedicine" bill http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-passes-telemedicine-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday that would require insurance companies to cover medical services provided electronically if they cover the same service when it is delivered in person.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:14:24 +0000 Associated Press 31232 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate passes "telemedicine" bill 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 Mo. Senate considers newborn screenings for heart disease http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-considers-newborn-screenings-heart-disease <p>The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would require newborn screenings for congenital heart disease. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:56:41 +0000 Associated Press 31101 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate considers newborn screenings for heart disease MU study connects personal health management to online avatars http://kbia.org/post/mu-study-connects-personal-health-management-online-avatars <p></p><p>Second Life is an online, virtual 3-D world where someone can create an Avatar, or an online representation of themselves.</p><p>Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz is an assistant professor of communication in MU’s College of Arts and Science. She surveyed 279 people to find a better understanding of how their experiences with their avatar might affect their life outside of the virtual world.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:06:01 +0000 Daina Schnese 25858 at http://kbia.org MU study connects personal health management to online avatars Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming http://kbia.org/post/local-science-and-health-researchers-discuss-health-impact-global-warming <p></p><p>Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:15:00 +0000 Coleman Bandy 25678 at http://kbia.org Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming Medical debt cited as chief cause of bankruptcy, as advocates urge legislators to expand Medicaid http://kbia.org/post/medical-debt-cited-chief-cause-bankruptcy-advocates-urge-legislators-expand-medicaid <div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.</span></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:50:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25467 at http://kbia.org Medical debt cited as chief cause of bankruptcy, as advocates urge legislators to expand Medicaid Numerous health problems disproportionately impact LGBT Missourians http://kbia.org/post/numerous-health-problems-disproportionately-impact-lgbt-missourians <p>A wealth of factors are leading to poorer health outcomes within Missouri’s LGBT community.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 22662 at http://kbia.org Numerous health problems disproportionately impact LGBT Missourians Newscast for September 24, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-september-24-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Employment on the rise at Lake Regional Health System</li><li>Missouri SAT scores fall amongst high school graduates</li><li>Conservative group considers returning support to Akin Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:54:37 +0000 Wendy Mader 21708 at http://kbia.org