aca http://kbia.org en Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now http://kbia.org/post/differing-court-rulings-obamacare-mean-one-thing-nothing-changes-now On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions that could have major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversy hinges on whether people in the 36 states that opted NOT to set up their own health insurance exchanges can qualify for subsidies (really, tax credits) on their health insurance premiums. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:16 +0000 Shula Neuman 56645 at http://kbia.org Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now 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 Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act http://kbia.org/post/blunt-website-problems-not-really-whats-wrong-affordable-care-act Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:06:24 +0000 Joseph Leahy 43206 at http://kbia.org Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange? http://kbia.org/post/who-should-you-blame-glitches-missouris-health-care-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on CoMo Explained we look at how Missouri is implementing </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and ask whether it'll be successful or not.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:49:37 +0000 Harum Helmy 41532 at http://kbia.org Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange? Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/conservatives-rally-cpac-st-louis Thousands of conservatives attended CPAC St. Louis on Saturday to listen to more than 40 conservative leaders and rising stars. There were a number of last-minute speaking cancellations for the conference. Members of the US House had to stay in DC to work on a fix to avoid a partial government shutdown.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri also </span>cancelled<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, saying he was working on a deal even though the Senate wasn&#8217;t in session. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:04:49 +0000 Chris McDaniel 41309 at http://kbia.org Conservatives Rally At CPAC St. Louis 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 Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All http://kbia.org/post/top-us-health-official-says-insurance-marketplace-will-help-many-not-all <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right)." data-attribution="Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/IMG_4756.JPG" alt="" /><p>U.S. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:06:35 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 40846 at http://kbia.org Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All Selling the Affordable Care Act to rural areas http://kbia.org/post/selling-affordable-care-act-rural-areas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week's episode, we'll hear why some rural residents are reluctant to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:41:31 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 40809 at http://kbia.org Selling the Affordable Care Act to rural areas Two Mo. organizations will hire Affordable Care Act navigators http://kbia.org/post/two-mo-organizations-will-hire-affordable-care-act-navigators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions and the Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging have been granted federal money to hire people who will help Missouri consumers navigate the new insurance marketplace, set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1.</span></p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services <a href="http://www.cms.gov/cciio/programs-and-initiatives/health-insurance-marketplaces/assistance.html">quietly announced</a> the grantees Thursday.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:44:54 +0000 Harum Helmy 38896 at http://kbia.org Two Mo. organizations will hire Affordable Care Act navigators 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" New bill requires health insurance counselors be licensed http://kbia.org/post/new-bill-requires-health-insurance-counselors-be-licensed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill that now requires insurance counselors or navigators to be licensed by the state. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The counselors are required to get the license in order to help consumers search for their insurance options on an online marketplace called a health insurance exchange. The exchanges are set to start on October </span>1<sup>st</sup><sup>&nbsp; </sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of this year as part of the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:23:59 +0000 Associated Press 37260 at http://kbia.org New bill requires health insurance counselors be licensed 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 Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare? http://kbia.org/post/will-missouri-ever-play-nice-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week guest host <a href="http://kbia.org/people/harum-helmy">Harum Helmy</a> explains all the ways Missouri is mucking up the implementation of "Obamacare."</p><p></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:19:15 +0000 Scott Pham 36800 at http://kbia.org Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare? Missouri health care already changing under Affordable Care Act http://kbia.org/post/missouri-health-care-already-changing-under-affordable-care-act <p>Missourians are already seeing changes in healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was first implemented. According to&nbsp;Ryan Barker, &nbsp;Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health,&nbsp;changes already affecting Missourians include provisions allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, Medicare coverage of preventative services without a co-pay, and a new rule that requires some insurance providers to partially reimburse customers if they don’t limit overhead and administrative costs.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:02:10 +0000 25816 at http://kbia.org Missouri health care already changing under Affordable Care Act 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 Newscast for July 9, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-july-9-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee</li><li>Report finds new federal health care law could cover two thirds of Mo. uninsured</li><li>Third person electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks</li></ul> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 23:58:48 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 17268 at http://kbia.org Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-decide-medicaid-expansion <p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:44:52 +0000 Elana Gordon 16884 at http://kbia.org Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion 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