medicaid expansion http://kbia.org en Springfield hospital blames layoffs on Mo. medicaid expansion delay http://kbia.org/post/springfield-hospital-blames-layoffs-mo-medicaid-expansion-delay <p>Ozarks Community Hospital says it will lay off up to 60 of its employees in the Springfield area. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:21:07 +0000 Associated Press 55263 at http://kbia.org 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 Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget http://kbia.org/post/lawmaker-calls-gov-nixon-preserve-dental-benefits-state-budget <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country" data-attribution="Credit Mo. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:04:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54294 at http://kbia.org Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget 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 Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight http://kbia.org/post/despite-setbacks-bond-isnt-giving-medicaid-expansion-fight Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond was <a href="http://mochamber.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/missouri-chamber-hires-kit-bond-to-assist-in-advocacy-of-medicaid-expansion/" target="_blank">tapped by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to get Medicaid expansion across the finish line.&#160;</a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and his wife Linda talk to reporters at an event Monday at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Bond was hired by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to press for Medicaid expansion." data-attribution="Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Wed, 21 May 2014 12:40:39 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 53294 at http://kbia.org Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight 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 Clergy members arrested after protesting in the Missouri Legislature http://kbia.org/post/clergy-members-arrested-after-protesting-missouri-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Twenty-three Clergy members were arrested Tuesday during a rally at the capitol. The rally, by the group Missouri Faith Voices, was meant to get state senators to expand Medicaid eligibility.</p><p>Over 300 members of Missouri Faith Voices gathered in the rotunda for a rally before certain clergy members moved into the Senate Gallery. While, other members showed support outside of the gallery, the select clergy members sang and prayed out loud for about an hour before police arrested them.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:45:38 +0000 Heather Adams 52558 at http://kbia.org Clergy members arrested after protesting in the Missouri Legislature 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 Senate passes state budget http://kbia.org/post/senate-passes-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday. &nbsp;Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an&nbsp;indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He&nbsp;offered an amendment to create a line item in the Department of Social Services’ budget for extra Medicaid dollars to be drawn down if lawmakers ever decide to expand Medicaid.&nbsp; Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:39:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52169 at http://kbia.org Senate passes state budget 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 Gov. Nixon proposes to aid businesses with health insurance assistance http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-proposes-aid-businesses-health-insurance-assistance <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has added a new prong to his proposal to draw down billions of dollars through a Medicaid expansion.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:01:30 +0000 Associated Press 52087 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon proposes to aid businesses with health insurance assistance 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 Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pay-consultants-150000-zoning-codes-update <p>The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:44:58 +0000 Kate Grumke 45398 at http://kbia.org Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update State Senate Republicans reject Democratic Medicaid proposal http://kbia.org/post/state-senate-republicans-reject-democratic-medicaid-proposal <p>A Republican-led Senate committee considering changes to Missouri's Medicaid program has rejected a Democratic proposal in support of expanded eligibility.</p><p>The decision by the Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform dealt with what recommendations to include in a report in advance for the 2014 session.</p><p>Earlier Wednesday, Democrats walked out of the committee while it considered other recommendations for changing Medicaid.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:03:10 +0000 Associated Press 43739 at http://kbia.org State Senate Republicans reject Democratic Medicaid proposal Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-committee-kicks-series-medicaid-hearings <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri&#39;s Medicaid system has begun.</span><p>The interim House Committee on Medicaid Transformation spent much of the first day Thursday looking at proposed changes in Arkansas and Iowa, which would include expanding access to private health insurers and rewarding healthy behavior.&#160; <a href="http://www.slu.edu/colleges/law/slulaw/faculty/watsons">Sidney Watson</a> is a law professor at St. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:52:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 41200 at http://kbia.org Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings