medicaid expansion http://kbia.org en 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 Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? http://kbia.org/post/illinois-expanded-its-medicaid-program-missouri-didn-t-how-are-those-choices-working-out <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.</span></p><p>Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.</p><p>But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.</p><p>Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.</p><p>We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:11:04 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 50750 at http://kbia.org Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out? 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 Pastors, workers, business leaders plead for Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/pastors-workers-business-leaders-plead-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri&nbsp;lawmakers are hearing pleas from low-income workers, business leaders and pastors to expand Medicaid coverage.</span></p><p>Witness testifying Tuesday before a House committee want lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — nearly $33,000 for a family of four. States that do so can receive billions of additional federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:54:08 +0000 Associated Press 50212 at http://kbia.org Pastors, workers, business leaders plead for Medicaid expansion GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/gop-state-senators-reject-medicaid-expansion <p>Several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicaid eligibility this year in Missouri.</p><p>Five GOP senators took to the Senate floor Monday as the Legislature returned from spring break to say they will block any attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility during the session that ends in mid-May.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:16:52 +0000 Associated Press 50176 at http://kbia.org GOP state senators reject Medicaid expansion Faith-based advocacy groups unite for economic dignity in a "Moral Missouri" http://kbia.org/post/faith-based-advocacy-groups-unite-economic-dignity-moral-missouri <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: OpenSansRegular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 23.76500129699707px;">Faith-based advocacy groups are uniting with hopes of making change in Missouri on behalf of the state's most vulnerable and marginalized population.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:03:34 +0000 Kellie Moore 49267 at http://kbia.org Faith-based advocacy groups unite for economic dignity in a "Moral Missouri" Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City http://kbia.org/post/bond-pushes-medicaid-expansion-jefferson-city <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kitbondstrategies.com/team/kit-bond/">Former U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:18:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 48755 at http://kbia.org Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City PM Newscast for February 24, 2014 http://kbia.org/post/pm-newscast-february-24-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional news coverage from the </span>KBIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Newsroom, including:&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:44:35 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 48673 at http://kbia.org Medicaid expansion study projects 24,000 more jobs http://kbia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-study-projects-24000-more-jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are projecting that 24,000 new jobs would be created if&nbsp;Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program.</span></p><p>The Department of Economic Development said Friday that raising the program's eligibility to levels called for by the federal health care law would bring $9.9 billion in new wages to the state.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:30:51 +0000 Associated Press 48546 at http://kbia.org Medicaid expansion study projects 24,000 more jobs 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 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 More Medicaid debate expected in the 2014 Mo. legislative session http://kbia.org/post/more-medicaid-debate-expected-2014-mo-legislative-session <p></p><p>At his sixth State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon renewed his push to expand Medicaid, the health insurance program for the low-income population, in Missouri. He was careful, though, not to mention the “e” word itself. Instead, the governor called lawmakers to work on reforming the program.</p><p>“I look forward to working with all of you to bring affordable health coverage to working families in Missouri, and reform Medicaid the Missouri way,” said Nixon.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:50:17 +0000 Harum Helmy 46984 at http://kbia.org More Medicaid debate expected in the 2014 Mo. legislative session State lawmakers preview 2014 legislative session http://kbia.org/post/state-lawmakers-preview-2014-legislative-session <p></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Watch the show and join the conversation on the&nbsp;<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Intersection website.</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:32:55 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 46610 at http://kbia.org State lawmakers preview 2014 legislative session Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014 http://kbia.org/post/nixon-pushes-medicaid-expansion-2014 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay Nixon is closing out the year by asking state legislators once again to pass a bill expanding Missouri’s Medicaid coverage for lower-income residents.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:55:36 +0000 Kristofor Husted 46051 at http://kbia.org Nixon pushes for Medicaid expansion in 2014