health and wealth http://kbia.org en Rural Reads: On osteopathic physicians and access to insurance http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-osteopathic-physicians-and-access-insurance <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Friday, </span>KBIA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues.</span></em></p><p><strong>Osteopathic Physicians: An Answer To Rural Health Care Needs? </strong></p><p>It’s no secret the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/where-have-all-the-primary-care-doctors-gone/">U.S. is facing a shortage of primary care physician</a>s – especially in rural areas,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">which is home to some 20 percent of all Americans, but only has 9 percent of all physicians</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Compared to specialized medicine such as surgery and cardiology, primary care does not pay as well – and the average student loan debt for med school graduates is $161,290. Only about 24 percent of MD graduates lean to primary care. That’s not the case with recent osteopathic medicine graduates, though. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:02:34 +0000 Harum Helmy 30507 at http://kbia.org Learning what poverty's really like http://kbia.org/post/learning-what-povertys-really <p>According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:23:27 +0000 Harum Helmy & Ryan Famuliner 24868 at http://kbia.org Learning what poverty's really like The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years http://kbia.org/post/end-lead-laced-era-polluting-smelter-close-after-120-years <p>Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town. &nbsp;The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in North America, trucking in lead from Missouri&#39;s rich mines to a 120-year-old smelter on the river. &nbsp;For 25 years, the smelter didn&#39;t meet federal air standards for lead, and now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year.</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:49:20 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18998 at http://kbia.org The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years 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 Payday loans, minimum wage and cigarette tax one step closer to voters http://kbia.org/post/payday-loans-minimum-wage-and-cigarette-tax-one-step-closer-voters <p>Initiatives that would cap payday loan interest rates, raise the Missouri minimum wage, and raise the state&#39;s tobacco tax are a step closer to the November ballot, after a Missouri Supreme Court ruling yesterday. The three initiatives were tied up for months in court &ndash; one judge struck down the payday petition, ruling the ballot summary was &quot;likely to deceive petition signers.&quot; But yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld all three ballot summaries.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="RadioAx"> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 18:51:12 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18568 at http://kbia.org Payday loans, minimum wage and cigarette tax one step closer to voters 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 Missouri's meth addiction, part one http://kbia.org/post/missouris-meth-addiction-part-one <p>For the past decade, Missouri has claimed the dubious distinction of the most meth busts of any state in the nation. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, reporter Kyle Deas has the first in a two-part-series on Missouri&#39;s unique meth addiction.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:37:56 +0000 Kyle Deas 15420 at http://kbia.org Missouri's meth addiction, part one 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 Stories from prison: roar! http://kbia.org/post/stories-prison-roar <p>In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That&#39;s 18,000 moms and dads behind bars &ndash; and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers&nbsp;make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children&#39;s books.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 15:44:16 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14162 at http://kbia.org Stories from prison: roar! 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 If you tax them, they will quit http://kbia.org/post/if-you-tax-them-they-will-quit <p>You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation &ndash; just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri&#39;s tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p> Wed, 02 May 2012 15:03:09 +0000 Jacob Fenston 13409 at http://kbia.org If you tax them, they will quit