health insurance marketplace http://kbia.org en Missouri healthcare enrollment success still leaves room for improvement http://kbia.org/post/missouri-healthcare-enrollment-success-still-leaves-room-improvement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Health and Human Services released data Thursday showing that 152,335 </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are enrolled in health insurance marketplace plans. The number of enrollees more than doubled in March alone, the total exceeding the federal goal by 29 percent.</span></p><p>Data also showed, however, that 300,000 people in the state are unable to get insurance due to ineligibility for Medicaid or financial help in the marketplace.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:18:07 +0000 RIKKI-LEE BURLEY 52350 at http://kbia.org Missouri healthcare enrollment success still leaves room for improvement As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories http://kbia.org/post/enrollment-deadline-draws-near-missourians-share-their-health-insurance-stories <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50277 at http://kbia.org As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period http://kbia.org/post/health-insurance-navigators-help-missourians-final-days-enrollment-period <p></p><p></p><p>With the March 31 enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act drawing near, healthcare centers across the state have been ramping up efforts to get Missourians signed-up. The group <a href="http://covermissouri.org/">Cover Missouri </a>organized a number of enrollment events across the state earlier this month.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:44:49 +0000 Marissanne Lewis-Thompson 50229 at http://kbia.org Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period Health advocates push for insurance enrollment http://kbia.org/post/health-advocates-push-insurance-enrollment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health care advocates are making an extra push to get people signed up for insurance through a federal website before a March 31 deadline.</span></p><p>The Cover Missouri Coalition says about 40 enrollment events are planned Saturday around the state, including some featuring live music, free food and advice from tax preparers. Dozens of additional events are planned in the coming days.</p><p>The coalition also will be running new online and radio advertisements between now and the end of the month.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Associated Press 49226 at http://kbia.org Health advocates push for insurance enrollment Federal judge grants injunction against Mo. state navigator law http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-grants-injunction-against-mo-state-navigator-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A federal judge on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against Missouri's law requiring of a state license to serve as a navigator to help consumers sign up for coverage through the new health insurance&nbsp;<font color="red">marketplace</font>.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:08:04 +0000 Associated Press 47057 at http://kbia.org Federal judge grants injunction against Mo. state navigator law Success with HealthCare.gov takes patience, persistence http://kbia.org/post/success-healthcaregov-takes-patience-persistence <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On an afternoon in early December, 60-year-old Columbia resident Jeannie Wyble sits in a small cubicle at Columbia’s Family Health Center, telling Aaron Swaney, a HealthCare.gov application counselor, about the heart attack she suffered in 2002.</p><p>“I quit smoking when I had my heart attack,” Wyble said. “Smoked my last cigarette on the way to the ER, never smoked another one.”</p><p>At the time, Wyble was still insured through her husband’s union plan. But after the heart attack, the insurance company began increasing her monthly premium. Wyble says at one point, she had to pay almost $500 a month.</p><p>“And then when we found out they were going to jump even more again the following January,” Wyble said. “It was very clear to us that we couldn’t pay my premiums anymore and that mine would just have to be dropped. In effect, [the insurance company] decided to get rid of me, and it worked. They did. They got rid of me.”</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:22:56 +0000 Harum Helmy 45567 at http://kbia.org Success with HealthCare.gov takes patience, persistence 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 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? 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 Campaign to raise awareness of new insurance marketplace kicks off http://kbia.org/post/campaign-raise-awareness-new-insurance-marketplace-kicks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In about one month, a key part of the Affordable Care Act kicks off nationwide. The health insurance marketplace opens for enrollment -- and consumers can shop for an insurance plan from what could be hundreds of options. And this week, </span><a href="http://covermissouri.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">a Missouri-wide campaign</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to raise awareness about the marketplace begins, it's led </span><a href="http://mffh.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">by the Missouri Foundation for Health</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. States had the option to run their own marketplaces or let the federal government do it for them. Missouri, along with 26 other states, chose the latter.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:14:16 +0000 Harum Helmy 39573 at http://kbia.org Campaign to raise awareness of new insurance marketplace kicks off 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 Health care advocates welcome state regulations for ACA marketplace navigators http://kbia.org/post/health-care-advocates-welcome-state-regulations-aca-marketplace-navigators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Insurance <a href="http://kbia.org/post/mo-dept-insurance-makes-rules-online-health-care-marketplace-navigators">has issued an emergency rule for licensing people</a> who will help Missouri residents explore their insurance options in the new health marketplace. The federal government is regulating these helpers, also called navigators. A bill signed by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon earlier this month added state regulations for the navigators.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:23:07 +0000 Harum Helmy 37800 at http://kbia.org Health care advocates welcome state regulations for ACA marketplace navigators Insurance industry 'whistleblower' talks health care reform http://kbia.org/post/insurance-industry-whistleblower-talks-health-care-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For about two decades, Wendell Potter spun carefully crafted public relations messages for Humana and Cigna, the insurance companies where he worked. He recalls convincing consumers that high-deductible insurance plans would be good for everyone; telling them that by paying more, they’d have more skin in the game of their own health.</span></p><p>“I frankly just got so disillusioned and, ultimately, disgusted with what I was doing,” Potter said.</p><p>He said through his own research, he knew high-deductible plans were not the best insurance coverage for those with middle-class income.</p><p>“The median household income in this country is just barely $50,000,” Potter said. “A family that’s earning $50,000, if they’re in a plan with a high deductible, they face bankruptcy or foreclosure [if something happens]. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have lost their homes and have to declare bankruptcy because they have been in these kinds of plans. They think they have adequate coverage and they don’t.”</p><p>In 2008, Potter left the insurance industry and became a consumer advocate. He testified in Congress against high-deductible plans. In 2010, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Spin-Insurance-Corporate-Deceiving/dp/B00A16M7HC">he published a book detailing</a> the ways public-relations practices of the insurance industry affect American health care.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, Potter <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/">writes columns</a> and travels around the country to debunk what he calls are “myths” about the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes stricter rules on insurance companies. They can no longer refuse coverage for consumers who have a pre-existing condition, for example. Companies also have to spend at least 80 percent of every dollar of a consumer's premium for patient care and quality improvements, not profits or administrative costs.&nbsp;</p><p>On a recent visit to Columbia, Potter sat down with KBIA's Harum Helmy to chat about health care reform and the insurance industry's response to it.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:59:44 +0000 Harum Helmy 36956 at http://kbia.org Insurance industry 'whistleblower' talks health care reform Bill on Nixon's desk could add barrier in enrolling Missourians in ACA marketplace http://kbia.org/post/bill-nixons-desk-could-add-barrier-enrolling-missourians-aca-marketplace <p></p><p><em>&nbsp;Update: Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/actions/">signed SB 262 into law</a> on Friday, July 12.&nbsp;</em></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:26:12 +0000 Harum Helmy 36792 at http://kbia.org Bill on Nixon's desk could add barrier in enrolling Missourians in ACA marketplace Missouri health centers eligible for $3 million in insurance outreach fund http://kbia.org/post/missouri-health-centers-eligible-3-million-insurance-outreach-fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today announced another round of funding to help Americans enroll in the Affordable Care Act's new online health insurance marketplace.</span></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 22:03:47 +0000 Harum Helmy 33477 at http://kbia.org Missouri health centers eligible for $3 million in insurance outreach fund 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 The few things we know about Missouri's health insurance marketplace http://kbia.org/post/few-things-we-know-about-missouris-health-insurance-marketplace <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the second in a <a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/why-health-literacy-crucial-part-healthcare-reform">two-part discussion</a> about health literacy and the healthcare reform. &nbsp;</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not knowing what the online health insurance marketplace looks like might be problematic for&nbsp;</span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri’s uninsured can choose to buy insurance from the state’s health exchange come October. The exchange is an online marketplace where anyone who isn’t already insured will be able to compare and purchase private insurance plans. Some uninsured&nbsp;</span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;would be eligible for help with the cost, too. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Missouri has missed the deadline to create its own marketplace or start a state-federal partnership. So, the federal government is setting it up. The problem is, even though the marketplace is supposed to be open for enrollment in about six months, no one knows what it looks like yet.</p><p>“We’re losing time that could be useful in helping people understand and prepare [for the exchange],” said&nbsp;Catina&nbsp;O’Leary,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.healthliteracymissouri.org/">the director of Health Literacy Missouri</a>, a nonprofit group that’s working to make health care topics more understandable for&nbsp;Missourians. “It would be really great if we could manage people’s expectations and start training on what they’re going to need to know.”</p><p>But here's what we know so far:&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:47:23 +0000 Harum Helmy 30743 at http://kbia.org The few things we know about Missouri's health insurance marketplace