medicaid http://kbia.org en Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds http://kbia.org/post/missouri-budget-cant-count-tobacco-proceeds <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Missouri's budget concerns are continuing to mount.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Attorney General Chris Koster's office says the state cannot count on receiving $50 million of tobacco settlement proceeds in time to be used during the 2015 budget year that starts July 1.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:51:07 +0000 Associated Press 54454 at http://kbia.org Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says http://kbia.org/post/want-medicaid-expansion-you-can-move-missouri-senator-says <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur/audio/2014/06/061014MOMedicaid.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>How divisive was the debate over Medicaid expansion in Missouri this year?<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Missouri Senator Ed Emery&#039;s letter explains his reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:14:26 +0000 Alex Smith 54429 at http://kbia.org Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says 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 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 Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about http://kbia.org/post/charity-dental-care-gives-uninsured-missourians-something-smile-about <p></p><p><em>&nbsp; Note: A portion of this story was aired as part of the Health &amp; Wealth Update for 5/14/2014</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I think about adult dental care in Missouri, I think of Ben Affleck. In the movie <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrjKb0xy8SQ"><em>Argo</em></a>, CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, pitches his plan to extract six American hostages from Iran by pretending to be on a Hollywood scouting trip. The CIA director doesn’t think it’ll work and wants to look for a better option. That’s when Mendez says:</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:07:37 +0000 Katie Hiler 52947 at http://kbia.org Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate http://kbia.org/post/missouri-dental-clinic-serves-states-most-desperate <p></p><p></p><p>Back in 2005, Missouri de-funded dental care for all Medicaid recipients except, children, pregnant women and the disabled. And it’s left a lot of people with only bad options.</p><p>Many of them find themselves in the ER with tooth infections, where cost for treatment per patient can run on average around $9,000. Some try to find affordable care at <a href="http://www.raconline.org/topics/federally-qualified-health-centers">Federally Qualified Health Centers</a> where services are discounted for low-income patients, but aren't free.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:13:01 +0000 Katie Hiler 52892 at http://kbia.org Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-pass-medicaid-funding-legislation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:39:43 +0000 Associated Press 52655 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation Missouri budget would restore Medicaid benefits http://kbia.org/post/missouri-budget-would-restore-medicaid-benefits <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a state budget that could restore Medicaid benefits that were cut a decade ago.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:57:50 +0000 Associated Press 52624 at http://kbia.org Missouri budget would restore Medicaid benefits Missouri GOP lawmaker advances Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-gop-lawmaker-advances-medicaid-expansion <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A renegade Republican has teamed up with minority party Democrats to deliver the first affirmative vote of the year for a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:50:05 +0000 Associated Press 52256 at http://kbia.org Missouri GOP lawmaker advances Medicaid expansion Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard http://kbia.org/post/nixon-proposes-new-medicaid-expansion-program-catching-legislators-guard In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.<p>The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:32:28 +0000 Jo Mannies 52127 at http://kbia.org Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health http://kbia.org/post/missouri-legislator-supports-medicaid-coverage-oral-health <p></p><p></p><p>The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 51389 at http://kbia.org Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care http://kbia.org/post/missouri-medicaid-may-restore-adult-dental-care <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:01:15 +0000 Associated Press 51093 at http://kbia.org Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care PM Newscast for April 7, 2014 http://kbia.org/post/pm-newscast-april-7-2014 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA&nbsp;Newsroom, including:&nbsp;</p><p></p><ul><li><a href="http://kbia.org/post/convention-center-decision-expected-tonight-jefferson-city">Convention Center decision expected tonight in Jefferson City&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://kbia.org/post/truman-more-mascot">Truman is more than a mascot&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://kbia.org/post/mu-biochemistry-receives-11-million-gift">MU Biochemistry receives&nbsp;$1.1 Million gift</a></li></ul> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:20:53 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 50920 at http://kbia.org Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly http://kbia.org/post/medicaid-change-sought-disabled-elderly <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:57:54 +0000 Associated Press 50882 at http://kbia.org Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement http://kbia.org/post/mo-medicaid-bill-set-aside-after-gop-disagreement <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:25:24 +0000 Associated Press 50673 at http://kbia.org Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement Faith Voices of Columbia kicks off with discussion of political moral issues http://kbia.org/post/faith-voices-columbia-kicks-discussion-political-moral-issues <p>Debbie Jenkins has been a health care worker for 38 years, but last year she lost her job. Now she lives on $875 a month, which she is told is too much to qualify for Medicaid.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:22:03 +0000 Heather Adams 50640 at http://kbia.org Faith Voices of Columbia kicks off with discussion of political moral issues Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-hospitals-fear-job-losses-service-cuts-without-medicaid-expansion <em><strong>(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)</strong></em><p>In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.<p>The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.<p>At least that’s the opinion of the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, they released the results of their survey of hospitals around the state. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:17:12 +0000 Jo Mannies 50275 at http://kbia.org Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-blocks-medicaid-expansion-sets-aside-6m-new-state-park-while-approving-state-budget <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.&#160; Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill </span>Schupp, D-Creve<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Coeur.</span><p>"Ladies and gentlemen, when rural hospitals close, (your) actions here today will be remembered," Schupp said. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:45:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50248 at http://kbia.org Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill http://kbia.org/post/legal-experts-cite-concern-about-mo-medicaid-bill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Legal experts are raising concerns about a Missouri proposal to require adult Medicaid recipients to work.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:32:08 +0000 Associated Press 49388 at http://kbia.org Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel http://kbia.org/post/medicaid-legislation-debut-mo-house-panel <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A Republican plan to revamp and expand Missouri's Medicaid program is getting its first hearing in the state House.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 49312 at http://kbia.org Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel Missouri has backlog of Medicaid applications http://kbia.org/post/missouri-has-backlog-medicaid-applications <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri has a backlog of about 22,000 parents and children waiting to learn whether they will be covered by Medicaid.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:26:08 +0000 Associated Press 49102 at http://kbia.org Missouri has backlog of Medicaid applications Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-endorse-bill-fix-funding-gaps-education <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:48:33 +0000 Associated Press 49058 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education Gov. Nixon's call to expand Medicaid rejected http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixons-call-expand-medicaid-rejected <p>A Missouri House panel has once again rejected Gov. Jay Nixon's call to expand Medicaid for about 300,000 people.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:55:01 +0000 Associated Press 48669 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon's call to expand Medicaid rejected Mo. targets developmentally disabled wait list http://kbia.org/post/mo-targets-developmentally-disabled-wait-list <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Hundreds of people who have&nbsp;<font color="red">developmental</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">disabilities</font>&nbsp;could begin receiving publicly funded services as&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:20:11 +0000 Associated Press 47920 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 GOP led Mo. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/gop-led-mo-senate-rejects-medicaid-expansion <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:15:01 +0000 Associated Press 47736 at http://kbia.org GOP led Mo. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion Missouri cites problems with feds' Medicaid referrals http://kbia.org/post/missouri-cites-problems-feds-medicaid-referrals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri&nbsp;has received the names of more than 25,000 people determined to be potentially eligible for Medicaid through the federal government's online insurance marketplace.</span></p><p>But none of those people have been added to&nbsp;Missouri's&nbsp;Medicaid program yet.</p><p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the data from the federal government is not in a format that can easily be used by&nbsp;Missouri's&nbsp;Medicaid officials.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:42:56 +0000 Associated Press 47715 at http://kbia.org Missouri cites problems with feds' Medicaid referrals Former Sen. Bond to lobby in favor of Missouri expanding Medicaid http://kbia.org/post/former-sen-bond-lobby-favor-missouri-expanding-medicaid <p>Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of&nbsp; Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:57:42 +0000 Jo Mannies 47119 at http://kbia.org Former Sen. Bond to lobby in favor of Missouri expanding Medicaid Missouri senator files Medicaid overhaul plan http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senator-files-medicaid-overhaul-plan <p></p><p>The Senate chairman of a&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;Medicaid study panel has introduced a plan to revamp the health care program without expanding it.</p><p>Republican Sen. Gary Romine , of Farmington, filed legislation Thursday that would expand the use of managed care plans and provide financial incentives for patients to hold down their medical costs.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:45:37 +0000 Associated Press 46758 at http://kbia.org Missouri senator files Medicaid overhaul plan Medicaid Fraud Unit reports average year for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/medicaid-fraud-unit-reports-average-year-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's&nbsp;Medicaid Fraud Unit.&nbsp;The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:05:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 46736 at http://kbia.org Medicaid Fraud Unit reports average year for Missouri