sequestration http://kbia.org en Missouri leaders consider the state's military future http://kbia.org/post/missouri-leaders-consider-states-military-future <p></p><p>Missouri Military leaders gathered in Columbia today to discuss the current and future landscape of the armed forces in the state, as the federal government&nbsp; plans to make cuts to defense spending. One of the main messages from panelists: that different stakeholders in that state must work together toward creating a “military friendly” environment in the state.</p><p>“It’s gonna have to be a team effort going forward. It can’t just be a Fort Leonard Word effort, it can’t just be a Whiteman effort, it can’t just be a Rosecran effort, it can’t just be a Jefferson Barracks effort. It has to be a&nbsp; statewide effort… It’s bigger than any just one location anymore,” said Mike Dunbar with the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement commission. Dunbar was one of the panelists at the forum.</p><p>U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler hosted the event, which brought together representatives from the military and the communities in Missouri that surround the military bases in the state, to discuss the impact of a possible Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:06:39 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 38762 at http://kbia.org Missouri leaders consider the state's military future 885 positions to be cut at Fort Leonard Wood, reduction not as bad as expected http://kbia.org/post/885-positions-be-cut-fort-leonard-wood-reduction-not-bad-expected <p></p><p>The U.S. Army <a href="http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16114">announced Tuesday</a> it will eliminate 885 positions at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as part of its plan to restructure its bases in the U.S.</p><p></p><p>The Army says it was necessary to reduce its numbers by 80,000 active duty members over the next four years because of sequestration cuts. The plan is to bring its number of active duty personnel down to 490,000 by 2017. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:51:58 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 36034 at http://kbia.org 885 positions to be cut at Fort Leonard Wood, reduction not as bad as expected Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts http://kbia.org/post/why-federal-money-rural-hospitals-vulnerable-budget-cuts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals serve a population that tends to be older, sicker, uninsured and have less income. Rural hospitals </span><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17565527" style="line-height: 1.5;">provide a lot of uncompensated care</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="https://www.ivantagehealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rural-Sequestration-National-Map-and-Table.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">run on more narrow profit margins</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>To stay open, these hospitals depend <a href="http://www.raconline.org/topics/hospitals/faqs/">on special federal designations</a> that give them a higher rate of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. For example, when a hospital designated as a critical access hospital, Medicare reimbursements <a href="http://sanocapitalgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Medicare-Sequestration-Report_MO.pdf">can make up to a third of its entire revenue</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:08:57 +0000 Harum Helmy 35318 at http://kbia.org Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts FAA notifies Columbia of Air Traffic Control Tower closure http://kbia.org/post/faa-notifies-columbia-air-traffic-control-tower-closure <p>The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday notified airport manager Don Elliott that the Air Traffic Control Tower at Columbia Regional Airport would be unfunded as of May 5. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:16:38 +0000 Hilary Niles 31163 at http://kbia.org FAA notifies Columbia of Air Traffic Control Tower closure Hartzler, McDavid call for funding to keep airport tower open http://kbia.org/post/hartzler-mcdavid-call-funding-keep-airport-tower-open <p>A U.S. Congress member was not an airplane passenger at the Columbia Regional Airport on Tuesday. Instead, she visited to draw attention to an important safety issue.</p><p>Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s Fourth District said she does not agree with the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the air traffic control tower at the airport.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:47:06 +0000 Tony Nochim 31058 at http://kbia.org Hartzler, McDavid call for funding to keep airport tower open Newscast for March 22, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-22-2013 <p>Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Federal sequestration cuts will close Columbia's airport control tower</li><li>MoDOT issues travel advisory ahead of winter storm</li><li>'Earth Hour' organizers say it's more than electricity Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:10:37 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 30873 at http://kbia.org Federal sequestration cuts will shut down Columbia's airport control tower http://kbia.org/post/federal-sequestration-cuts-will-shut-down-columbias-airport-control-tower <p>On Friday, the Columbia Regional Airport received notice that its control tower was among <a href="http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/CMS/pressreleases/downloadfile.php?id=255">149 around the country[PDF]</a> that would close as a result of federal sequestration cuts. The closure is expected to take place at some point between April 7 and May 7.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:49:33 +0000 Rehman Tungekar & Scott Pham 30859 at http://kbia.org Federal sequestration cuts will shut down Columbia's airport control tower State community action agencies, Head Start fear sequester impact http://kbia.org/post/state-community-action-agencies-head-start-fear-sequester-impact <p></p><p>Administrators at local and regional agencies that aid low-income Missourians say they are keeping an eye on the impact of the sequester, or across-the-board federal spending cuts, and they fear the cuts could negatively impact their agencies.&nbsp;</p><p>While many questions about the impact of sequestration rollout remain, Missouri's Community Action Agencies are expecting an all-around 5 percent budget cut due to the federal sequestration.&nbsp; This could mean serious cutbacks to several services provided by the agency.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:21:59 +0000 Turner Twyman 30419 at http://kbia.org State community action agencies, Head Start fear sequester impact McCaskill: Why Congress should see a reduction in pay in the event of sequestration http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-why-congress-should-see-reduction-pay-event-sequestration <p></p><p>Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she's planning to introduce a bill that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed because of the so-called “sequestration,” or across-the-board spending cuts.</p><p>The bill calls for a reduction in Congressional salaries once federal furloughs begin. As the sequestration goes into effect, many federal workers are expected to be subject to furloughs because Congress and the White House did not reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:54:02 +0000 Jennifer Davidson 29812 at http://kbia.org McCaskill: Why Congress should see a reduction in pay in the event of sequestration Sequestration may close Columbia airport control tower http://kbia.org/post/sequestration-may-close-columbia-airport-control-tower <p>The F-A-A says that if budget talks in Washington fail, 168 air traffic control towers across the country could be forced to close. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:08:11 +0000 Sydney Miller 29736 at http://kbia.org Sequestration may close Columbia airport control tower How sequestration leads to cuts in research, Medicare http://kbia.org/post/how-sequestration-leads-cuts-research-medicare <p>Coming up we’ll tackle sequestration which is set to occur March 1. But first, when a large group of farmers in the Southeast banded together to sue a powerful dairy cooperative a few years ago, many hoped that the case would bring big changes to the industry. But as Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports, the recent settlement of the case involving Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America has resulted in some money for small farmers in the short term but little long-term reform.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:10:07 +0000 Kristofor Husted 29610 at http://kbia.org How sequestration leads to cuts in research, Medicare Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts http://kbia.org/post/sequestration-would-hit-rural-hospitals-harder-their-urban-counterparts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barring a congressional miracle, &nbsp;Medicare payments to health care providers throughout the country will see a 2 percent reduction come Friday. That amount might not sound like much, but</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;rural hospitals and their surrounding communities are the ones that would feel most of the pinch.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:36:02 +0000 Harum Helmy 29614 at http://kbia.org Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts Sequestration would hit MU research funding hard http://kbia.org/post/sequestration-would-hit-mu-research-funding-hard <p>Sequestration, or the automatic across-the-board funding cuts set to kick in nationwide at the beginning of 2013, will tally nearly $110 billion dollars in cuts over the next nine years. The cuts are meant to alleviate the trillion dollar deficit. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are currently facing a stalemate on a solution to the severe fiscal cuts sequestration calls for while still fixing the deficit. KBIA’s Kristofor Husted reports that millions of dollars are at stake for the University of Missouri System. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:26:36 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25434 at http://kbia.org Sequestration would hit MU research funding hard