health & wealth update http://kbia.org en Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot http://kbia.org/post/aiming-bacon-day-meat-shoot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2013/12/MeatShootweb_0.mp3" class="asset-audio">Maria Altman reports on the tradition of the "meat shoot."</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first thing you need to know about a meat shoot is that they don’t shoot animals.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“That’s not a crazy question, you know, we get that a lot,” said </span>DeeDee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lakas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, laughing a bit. “Do you shoot the meat? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:20:22 +0000 Maria Altman 45066 at http://kbia.org Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot Pilot Grove residents rally to bring back grocery store http://kbia.org/post/pilot-grove-residents-rally-bring-back-grocery-store <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert. &nbsp;The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store. &nbsp;On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:07:41 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 44786 at http://kbia.org Pilot Grove residents rally to bring back grocery store 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 How Prop E did more than just stop Gov. Nixon from creating a state health exchange http://kbia.org/post/how-prop-e-did-more-just-stop-gov-nixon-creating-state-health-exchange <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://ipp.missouri.edu/files/ipp/attachments/02-2013_what_now_for_health_insurance_exchanges_in_missouri.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report by an MU policy analyst</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;warns about the consequences of a ballot measure passed by Missouri voters last November. </span></p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:16:15 +0000 Harum Helmy 28076 at http://kbia.org How Prop E did more than just stop Gov. Nixon from creating a state health exchange Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-more-subsidies-and-food-stamps <p>Beyond subsidies and food stamps, what’s in the farm bill?</p><p>With the election over, lawmakers are now returning to Washington for the final weeks of the 112<sup>th</sup> Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantorhas said addressing the expired Farm Bill <strong>is </strong>on the agenda. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:42:49 +0000 Amy Mayer 24478 at http://kbia.org Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps The cost of connecting doctors with rural patients electronically http://kbia.org/post/cost-connecting-doctors-rural-patients-electronically <p></p><p>A shortage of rural health care professionals throughout the state has health systems connecting with patients in remote areas through telehealth.</p><p>At the University Hospital in Columbia, telehealth coordinator Samuel Woodard thumbs a remote which sends a camera at the far end of the room spinning around to face him. His co-workers at the Missouri Telehealth Network offices across town appear on the screen.</p><p>“Hey Katie, how’s it going? We’re just going over the equipment, showing him how the telehealth unit works.” Woodard says.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:43:32 +0000 Lee Jian Chung 23737 at http://kbia.org The cost of connecting doctors with rural patients electronically Telehealth can connect rural areas with medical care http://kbia.org/post/telehealth-can-connect-rural-areas-medical-care <p>In September, the state awarded grants to eleven rural Missouri hospitals to improve broadband internet connections speeds. The connection would be used for telehealth, a way rural towns access physicians in bigger cities electronically. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung brings us the first of a two part series on the expansion of telehealth services in Missouri. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:31:35 +0000 Lee Jian Chung 23308 at http://kbia.org Telehealth can connect rural areas with medical care New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research http://kbia.org/post/new-autism-guide-helps-parents-and-providers-sift-through-mountains-research <p>As more and more children are diagnosed with autism, there&#39;s also a lot more research on the disorder. &nbsp;Now, a new guidebook can help Missouri parents and people who work with kids on the autism spectrum sort through it all.</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:25:33 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18980 at http://kbia.org New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law http://kbia.org/post/half-million-missourians-gain-insurance-under-health-care-law <p>In Missouri, an estimated 835,000 people don&#39;t have health insurance &ndash; that&#39;s about 14 percent of the state&#39;s population. But in the next couple of years, that figure is going to change. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care law, about half a million Missourians will join the rolls of the insured &ndash; either through Medicaid, the private insurance market, or with the help of subsidies provided by the federal government. The percentage of uninsured will drop to five percent of the population.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:33:27 +0000 Jacob Fenston 17370 at http://kbia.org Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air http://kbia.org/post/missouri-medicaid-expansion-air <p>After last week&#39;s Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p>But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri&#39;s participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:05:11 +0000 Jacob Fenston 16927 at http://kbia.org Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air Missouri's meth addiction, part two http://kbia.org/post/missouris-meth-addiction-part-two <p>In 2011, Missouri law enforcement busted about five meth labs each day on average &ndash; almost double the number of any other state.&nbsp;The state spends more than $2 million dollars a year on cleanup of these labs, and millions more on incarceration, child care, and drug treatment.</p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:28:25 +0000 Kyle Deas 15796 at http://kbia.org Missouri's meth addiction, part two Pumkpins, melons and corn http://kbia.org/post/pumkpins-melons-and-corn <p>Columbia has lots of community gardens, and several school gardens. But school-community gardens? On Tuesday at Ridgewood Elementary, the school and community worked together to start planting the city&#39;s first community garden at a public school.</p><p class="Radiotrax"> Wed, 30 May 2012 12:05:00 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14955 at http://kbia.org Pumkpins, melons and corn 'Cocaine? No thanks!' http://kbia.org/post/cocaine-no-thanks <p>Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.&nbsp;&nbsp;This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 15:40:38 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14634 at http://kbia.org 'Cocaine? No thanks!' 7000 miles bicycling and banjo-ing against war http://kbia.org/post/7000-miles-bicycling-and-banjo-ing-against-war <p>Afghan war veteran Jacob George is a self-proclaimed&nbsp;hillbilly farmer from the&nbsp;Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. After three tours as a combat engineer, he now spends his days bicycling around the country protesting U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. He recently passed through Missouri on his way to protest the NATO summit taking place in Chicago next week.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 17:13:50 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14247 at http://kbia.org 7000 miles bicycling and banjo-ing against war Long distance running, one state at a time http://kbia.org/post/long-distance-running-one-state-time <p>Planning a road-trip this summer? In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, the best way to see the country might be to run across it.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 23:28:41 +0000 Jacob Fenston 13872 at http://kbia.org Long distance running, one state at a time