health care http://kbia.org en Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care http://kbia.org/post/five-missouri-hospitals-team-better-care <p>Five hospitals in Missouri have announced the formation of a collaborative network today. The network is an effort to improve health care and access to health care in Missouri.</p><p>The newly formed Health Network of Missouri is composed of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:01:51 +0000 Shelby Mann 55151 at http://kbia.org Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care 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 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 Most MU weekend nurses sign incentive pay changes http://kbia.org/post/most-mu-weekend-nurses-sign-incentive-pay-changes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Nearly all of the weekend nurses working for University of Missouri Health Care have agreed to sharp reductions in incentive pay.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:15:54 +0000 Associated Press 52653 at http://kbia.org Most MU weekend nurses sign incentive pay changes Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/over-150k-sign-health-plans-missouri <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:27:15 +0000 Associated Press 52295 at http://kbia.org Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri Missouri House defeats newborn care legislation http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-defeats-newborn-care-legislation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri's Republican-led House has defeated legislation that would have charged a panel of medical professionals with developing streamlined standards for newborn care.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:20:04 +0000 Associated Press 52292 at http://kbia.org Missouri House defeats newborn care legislation Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-approve-local-health-registries <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:52:49 +0000 Associated Press 51918 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-passes-cannabis-extract-legislation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:49:07 +0000 Associated Press 51917 at http://kbia.org Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week http://kbia.org/post/columbia-recognizes-national-public-health-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:20:39 +0000 Colin Hope 51202 at http://kbia.org Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-600-million-bonding-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:23:10 +0000 Associated Press 50745 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group http://kbia.org/post/hobby-lobby-attorney-starts-missouri-group <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:20:24 +0000 Associated Press 49941 at http://kbia.org Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group State employees now have on-site access to health care http://kbia.org/post/state-employees-now-have-site-access-health-care <p>Gov. Jay Nixon officially dedicated the <em>Strive for Wellness</em> Health Center at the Truman State Office Building today.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:27:21 +0000 Arial Ruffin 49353 at http://kbia.org State employees now have on-site access to health care Mo. Senate passes mammogram legislation http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-passes-mammogram-legislation <p>Women with dense breast tissue would have to be notified about the need for additional screenings at their&nbsp;mammograms&nbsp;under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:13:35 +0000 Associated Press 47783 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate passes mammogram legislation 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 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? University of Missouri Health Care to cut workforce http://kbia.org/post/university-missouri-health-care-cut-workforce <p>University of Missouri Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.</p><p>MU Health Care spokesperson Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.</p><p>She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:29:59 +0000 Associated Press 35582 at http://kbia.org University of Missouri Health Care to cut workforce What most Missourians don't know about Hepatitis C, even when they're infected http://kbia.org/post/what-most-missourians-dont-know-about-hepatitis-c-even-when-theyre-infected <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur/audio/2013/05/052013_Hepatitis_C_WRAP.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/hepC.png" alt="" /><p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hepatitisc/index.html">recent report</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:21:20 +0000 Elana Gordon 34035 at http://kbia.org 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 Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-speaker-urges-birth-control-appeal <p>Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants the attorney general to appeal a judge's ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with moral objections. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:53:20 +0000 Associated Press 30746 at http://kbia.org Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal St. Louis system will acquire Mexico hospital http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-system-will-acquire-mexico-hospital <p>A St. Louis-based health system says it will acquire the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:14:55 +0000 Associated Press 29998 at http://kbia.org St. Louis system will acquire Mexico hospital Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts http://kbia.org/post/two-separate-mo-house-committees-reject-medicaid-expansion-efforts <p></p><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><div style="margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House. &nbsp;Two separate House committees voted down efforts Monday to expand Medicaid to 259,000 Missourians next</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;"> year and 41,000 more in later years.</span></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:06:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29475 at http://kbia.org Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts Mo. hospitals provided $1.1B in uncompensated care http://kbia.org/post/mo-hospitals-provided-11b-uncompensated-care <p>Missouri hospitals report providing a record $1.1 billion of uncompensated care to patients in 2011. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:07:41 +0000 Associated Press 25900 at http://kbia.org Mo. hospitals provided $1.1B in uncompensated care Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure http://kbia.org/post/judge-hears-lawsuit-over-mo-health-care-measure <p>A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.</p><p>Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:03:28 +0000 Associated Press 20145 at http://kbia.org Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure http://kbia.org/post/hearings-set-case-over-mo-health-care-measure <p>A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.</p><p>The lawsuit by Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.</p><p>Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on August 28th.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:46:51 +0000 Associated Press 19442 at http://kbia.org Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure Families of children with Autism pay more for health care http://kbia.org/post/families-children-autism-pay-more-health-care <p>A new study conducted by a University of Missouri faculty member found families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are paying more for health care than families of children with other medical conditions. Assistant professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora says families are paying more for fewer services:&nbsp;&ldquo;Most of the families, she says, &quot;spent over one-thousand dollars or more just in out of pocket costs, which is significantly higher than other families.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:46:19 +0000 Eric Hilt 15805 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics for February 28, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-february-28-2012 <p>This week on Talking Politics we sit down Columbia Rep. Chris Kelly, a longtime politico in Jefferson City, to discuss the implementation of a health care exchange in the Missouri.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:32:23 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 10890 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics for February 28, 2012 Politicians tussle over health care for the blind http://kbia.org/post/politicians-tussle-over-health-care-blind <p>Governor Jay Nixon told reporters yesterday that lawmakers in Jefferson City are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of some of the state&#39;s neediest: poor blind people.&nbsp;But members of the House budget committee said cuts to health care for blind&nbsp;Missourians&nbsp;are necessary to pay for higher education, which the governor wants to trim.&nbsp;</p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:51:47 +0000 Jacob Fenston 10541 at http://kbia.org Politicians tussle over health care for the blind In Kansas, Politics Over 'Obamacare' Strains Policy http://kbia.org/post/kansas-politics-over-obamacare-strains-policy A few months ago, Kansas seemed ahead of the game in preparing for an important requirement of the federal health law. The state had started to plan for exchanges — online marketplaces to help individuals and small businesses compare and buy health insurance.<p>But politics is intervening.<p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback never liked the Affordable Care Act, saying "Obamacare [is] an abomination." As a U.S. senator, he voted against it. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:34:00 +0000 editor 2915 at http://kbia.org In Kansas, Politics Over 'Obamacare' Strains Policy