federal healthcare law http://kbia.org en Confused about the new online health insurance marketplace? We have answers http://kbia.org/post/confused-about-new-online-health-insurance-marketplace-we-have-answers-0 <p>Starting on October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It&rsquo;s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health&rsquo;s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers. Here&#39;s an excerpt from their conversation.</p><p><strong>How will Missourians access the new health insurance options?</strong></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:56:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 41307 at http://kbia.org Confused about the new online health insurance marketplace? We have answers State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid http://kbia.org/post/state-senate-panel-hears-health-care-professionals-issue-medicaid <p>A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.&nbsp; He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").</span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:58:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38876 at http://kbia.org State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid Mo. AG won't appeal birth control ruling http://kbia.org/post/mo-ag-wont-appeal-birth-control-ruling <p>Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a federal court ruling striking down a Missouri law that exempted moral objectors from an insurance requirement to cover birth control. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:12:41 +0000 Associated Press 31900 at http://kbia.org Mo. AG won't appeal birth control ruling Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-challenges-republican-alternative-medicaid-expansion <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:58:34 +0000 Associated Press 30082 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion Businessman takes on federal health care contraceptive provision http://kbia.org/post/businessman-takes-federal-health-care-contraceptive-provision <p>A federal court is scheduled today, to take up one Missouri businessesman’s challenge to a recently enacted provision of the federal health law. The provision requires that most employee-health plans include no-cost coverage of contraceptives. But the rule has faced backlash from several businesses and lawmakers around the region.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:16:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 27242 at http://kbia.org Federal judge dismisses contraception mandate suit http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-dismisses-contraception-mandate-suit <p>A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.</p><p>The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:45:22 +0000 Associated Press 22121 at http://kbia.org Federal judge dismisses contraception mandate suit McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-akin-differ-health-care-policy <p>Few issues have generated as much passion and attention recently as health care. Like many Democrats and Republicans around the nation, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are on opposites sides of the issue.</p><p>Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill supports and defends the health care law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, wants to repeal it.</p><p>But there may be at least some middle ground.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:07:55 +0000 Associated Press 22057 at http://kbia.org McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure http://kbia.org/post/judge-revises-wording-mo-health-care-measure <p>The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge.&nbsp;</p><p>Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”&nbsp; Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:10:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Associated Press 20218 at http://kbia.org Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange http://kbia.org/post/mo-gov-takes-no-stance-health-care-exchange <p>The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats. And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has yet to take a stance on the issue.</p><p>The day after Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit that alleges the wording for a healthcare exchange ballot initiative is misleading; Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:35:58 +0000 Tim Lloyd 17423 at http://kbia.org Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/nixons-stance-unclear-medicaid-expansion <p>In the wake of the Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.&nbsp; The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:34:11 +0000 Elana Gordon 17298 at http://kbia.org Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion Report shows two-thirds of Missouri's uninsured could get health coverage http://kbia.org/post/report-shows-two-thirds-missouris-uninsured-could-get-health-coverage <p>A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri&rsquo;s more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law. The county level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:26:17 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 17297 at http://kbia.org 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 Véronique LaCapra 17120 at http://kbia.org Mo. insurers to issue nearly $61M in refunds Top Mo. Republicans against expanding Medicaid eligibility http://kbia.org/post/top-mo-republicans-against-expanding-medicaid-eligibility <p>Top Missouri Republicans say they have no intention of expanding Medicaid eligibility as a result of the Supreme Court&#39;s ruling on the federal health care law.</p><p>The high court struck down a provision Thursday that threatened states with the loss of existing federal Medicaid dollars if they refuse to expand coverage to adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That ruling essentially makes the expansion optional for states.</p><p>House Majority Leader Tim Jones says the Republican-led Legislature will not consider the expansion.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:42:51 +0000 Associated Press 16718 at http://kbia.org Top Mo. Republicans against expanding Medicaid eligibility Newscast for April 19, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-19-2012-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; ">Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</span></p><ul><li>Healthcare rebuke passes Missouri House.&nbsp;</li><li>Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation.</li><li>Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say.&nbsp;</li><li>Missouri energy companies to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors in Callaway County.&nbsp;</li></ul> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:47:11 +0000 Kaveh Kaghazi 12704 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 19, 2012 Health care rebuke passes House http://kbia.org/post/health-care-rebuke-passes-house <p><span style="line-height: normal; ">The Missouri House has passed legislation that seeks to both bar and criminalize enforcement of the 2010 federal health care law.&nbsp;</span></p><div style="line-height: normal; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 0px; "> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:18:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 12693 at http://kbia.org Health care rebuke passes House Missouri bill would ban implementation of health care reform http://kbia.org/post/missouri-bill-would-ban-implementation-health-care-reform <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2010 federal health care overhaul in the state.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; "> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:46:54 +0000 Associated Press 11049 at http://kbia.org Missouri bill would ban implementation of health care reform Mo. Senate votes down health insurance exchange http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-votes-down-health-insurance-exchange <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Missouri Senate has rejected an attempt to set up a state-run health insurance exchange.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The exchanges are part of the federal health care law approved in 2009. States are required to create exchanges by 2014 so that individuals and small business can compare health insurance plans.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:46:39 +0000 Associated Press 10897 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate votes down health insurance exchange