obamacare http://kbia.org en 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 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 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? 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 Check out the 'How much is Obamacare going to cost me?' calculator http://kbia.org/post/check-out-how-much-obamacare-going-cost-me-calculator <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting Oct. 1, anyone looking to purchase health insurance plans can enroll in the new online marketplace. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace has been touted as a totally new way to buy insurance. You, the consumer, can go to the marketplace website and do a side-by-side comparison of the benefits, premiums and coverage of different insurance plans.</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:58:47 +0000 Harum Helmy 41182 at http://kbia.org Check out the 'How much is Obamacare going to cost me?' calculator 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 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 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 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? Health care reform put on hold as lawmakers wrap up session http://kbia.org/post/health-care-reform-put-hold-lawmakers-wrap-session <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rain is drizzling on the roughly 40 people standing in line outside the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in rural Mountain View, Missouri. Some have been standing for hours. At 5:30 pm, the clinic doors swing open, and the patients flood into a clean, bare bones waiting room.</span></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:30:31 +0000 Jennifer Davidson 33894 at http://kbia.org Health care reform put on hold as lawmakers wrap up session Helping Missourians navigate the ACA marketplace will likely be a collaborative effort http://kbia.org/post/helping-missourians-navigate-aca-marketplace-will-likely-be-collaborative-effort <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many&nbsp;</span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will likely need help navigating the Affordable Care Act's new health insurance marketplace that's set to go online by Oct. 1, but one analyst says there might not be enough time or federal funding to train those who can help.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:05:54 +0000 Harum Helmy 33371 at http://kbia.org Helping Missourians navigate the ACA marketplace will likely be a collaborative effort