health care reform http://kbia.org en Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care http://kbia.org/post/five-missouri-hospitals-team-better-care <p>Five hospitals in Missouri have announced the formation of a collaborative network today. The network is an effort to improve health care and access to health care in Missouri.</p><p>The newly formed Health Network of Missouri is composed of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:01:51 +0000 Shelby Mann 55151 at http://kbia.org Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services http://kbia.org/post/nixon-pushes-medicaid-expansion-mental-health-services <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is reiterating his push for Medicaid reform, saying expanding the program would cover the 50,000 currently uninsured Missourians who need mental health services.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:01 +0000 Katie Hiler 47781 at http://kbia.org Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services 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 Health news roundup: Medicaid edition http://kbia.org/post/health-news-roundup-medicaid-edition <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From </span>KBIA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health, Wealth and Society Desk, the first installment of a weekly&nbsp;rundown of health news affecting mid-Missouri.</span></em></p><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:34:50 +0000 Harum Helmy 28203 at http://kbia.org Health news roundup: Medicaid edition Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-decide-medicaid-expansion <p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:44:52 +0000 Elana Gordon 16884 at http://kbia.org Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion Court's Medicaid ruling could leave thousands uninsured http://kbia.org/post/courts-medicaid-ruling-could-leave-thousands-uninsured <p>As part yesterday&#39;s Supreme Court decision on Obama&#39;s health care law, the justices ruled the federal government can&#39;t revoke states&#39; Medicaid funding for failing to comply with the law&#39;s required Medicaid&nbsp; expansion. And as Véronique LaCapra reports, that could leave some Missourians without access to health insurance.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:58:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 16752 at http://kbia.org After Supreme Court decision on health care, Missourians split on next step http://kbia.org/post/after-supreme-court-decision-health-care-missourians-split-next-step <p>The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal health care law in a ruling this morning. Among Missouri officials, and on the streets of downtown Columbia this afternoon, reaction was mixed.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:26:58 +0000 Jacob Fenston 16716 at http://kbia.org After Supreme Court decision on health care, Missourians split on next step The Supreme Court's health care decision: what does it mean for Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/supreme-courts-health-care-decision-what-does-it-mean-missouri <em>Will be updated.</em><p><em>Updated 5:06 p.m. with more information.</em><p>As we <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-health-care-law">reported this morning</a>, the Supreme Court has held that the federal healthcare law is constitutional.<p>That includes the individual mandate that requires almost all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014.<p>The Court called the penalty that someone must pay for refusing to buy insurance a kind of tax that the Congress can impose under the Constitution.<p><strong>Health Insurance Exchanges</strong><p>Some will turn to the online marketplaces known as health insurance exchanges to fulfill the mandate.<p>The director of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, Ryan Barker, says Missouri is one of a couple dozen states that have resisted setting up a state health insurance exchange.<p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:46:42 +0000 Kelsey Proud 16683 at http://kbia.org The Supreme Court's health care decision: what does it mean for Missouri? Supreme Court Upholds Care Health Law http://kbia.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-care-health-law In one of the most widely anticipated decisions in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the sweeping federal law overhauling the nation's health care system is constitutional.<p>Chief Justice John Roberts said the requirement that individuals have health coverage or pay a penalty — known as the individual mandate — is within Congress' power to impose taxes. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:11:00 +0000 editor 16668 at http://kbia.org Supreme Court Upholds Care Health Law Nixon says individual insurance mandate is not good for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/nixon-says-individual-insurance-mandate-not-good-missouri <p>Speaking at ceremonial bill signing in &nbsp;St. Louis, Governor Nixon sounded more like a Republican when he asked about the Supreme Court&rsquo;s impending health care ruling.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:07:04 +0000 Adam Allington 16519 at http://kbia.org Nixon says individual insurance mandate is not good for Missouri Rural provisions of health care law could be affected by court ruling http://kbia.org/post/rural-provisions-health-care-law-could-be-affected-court-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme Court will likely rule on the fate of the federal health care reform law this Thursday. That ruling could affect provisions of the law aimed at improving health in rural America.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:31:55 +0000 Jacob Fenston 16489 at http://kbia.org Rural provisions of health care law could be affected by court ruling Missouri awaits Supreme Court ruling on health reform http://kbia.org/post/missouri-awaits-supreme-court-ruling-health-reform <p>Health care reform is in the cross-hairs at the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In this Health &amp; Wealth update, as the nine justices hear oral arguments on Obama&#39;s 2010 health reform, implementation of some aspects of the law are on hold in Missouri.</p><p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:09:52 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11381 at http://kbia.org Missouri awaits Supreme Court ruling on health reform Newscast for March 23, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-23-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Missouri House committee endorses legislation making it a crime for federal officials to enforce the 2010 federal health care overhaul in Missouri.&nbsp;</li><li>Missouri House passes $24 billion state budget.&nbsp;</li><li>Missouri flag desecration law declared unconstitutional.</li></ul> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:22:54 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11091 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 23, 2012 Missouri's senators at odds on contraception coverage http://kbia.org/post/missouris-senators-odds-contraception-coverage <p>The Obama administration continues to come under fire for a rule that would make religious organizations cover contraceptives under employees&#39; health care plans. A compromise announced on Friday has not placated the president&#39;s critics, including members of Missouri&#39;s congressional delegation.</p><p class="Radiotrax"> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:18:09 +0000 Jacob Fenston 8732 at http://kbia.org Missouri's senators at odds on contraception coverage One Person's Travelocity is Another's Government Takeover http://kbia.org/post/one-persons-travelocity-anothers-government-takeover <p>Backers compare health insurance exchanges to Travelocity or Expedia. Websites where you can quickly compare prices and features to get the best deal. But detractors oppose them as a federal intrusion into the health care market. In this weekly Health &amp; Wealth update, Missourians debate the merits of Obama&#39;s health reform law, as state lawmakers try to decide whether to authorize an exchange.</p><p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:03:18 +0000 Jacob Fenston 3706 at http://kbia.org One Person's Travelocity is Another's Government Takeover Senators Get an Earful on Health Reform http://kbia.org/post/senators-get-earful-health-reform-0 <p>Missouri state senators listened to over 3 hours of impassioned testimony on health care reform yesterday. The hearing was supposed to be on the rather mundane question of whether Missouri should set up an online health care exchange starting in 2014, or let the federal government do so. But the hearing quickly became a forum for debating the merits of health reform itself. After the jump, two interviews with senators on the committee: a Democrat representing one of the state&#39;s most liberal districts, and a Republican who has been at the forefront of Missouri&#39;s pushback against &quot;Obamacare.&quot;</p><div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:06:54 +0000 Jacob Fenston 3441 at http://kbia.org Senators Get an Earful on Health Reform Full Interview with Lt. Governor Kinder http://kbia.org/post/full-interview-lt-governor-kinder <p>Lt. Governor Peter Kinder takes aim at &quot;Obamacare,&quot; and Democratic rivals. We discuss his legal challenge to what he calls &quot;the federal health control law,&quot; and why he thinks his lawsuit will likely end up before the Supreme Court. We also cover some political turf: Kinder compares his style of leadership with that of Governor Jay Nixon. Missourians, says Kinder, &quot;want a fighter, not someone who will lie down and just take dictation from our federal masters.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:47:45 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2961 at http://kbia.org Full Interview with Lt. Governor Kinder Health Reform Moves Toward the Supreme Court http://kbia.org/post/health-reform-moves-toward-supreme-court <p>Missourians have never been in love with health reform. A year ago, Missouri was the first to pass a state law prohibiting an individual insurance mandate. It was a largely symbolic rejection of the Affordable Care Act, but now, more serious obstacles are looming. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is one of dozens of officials from around the country challenging &quot;Obamacare&quot; in the courts.</p><p>In this weekly Health &amp; Wealth update, the Affordable Care Act moves toward the U.S. Supreme Court.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 23:10:34 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2918 at http://kbia.org Health Reform Moves Toward the Supreme Court Paying for Quality, Not Quantity http://kbia.org/post/paying-quality-not-quantity <p>In the United States, we pay a lot more for our health care than other wealthy countries, but we are no healthier.&nbsp;&nbsp;Missourians actually pay even more per capita than the U.S. average, and are even less healthy. (Missouri is <a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/measure/2010/overall.aspx">ranked 39th in the nation</a> in overall health, and we are the <a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Measure/2010/List%20All/Prevalence%20of%20Obesity.aspx">9th most obese state</a>.) A big part of the problem is the way we pay for health care, according to Harold Miller, executive director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chqpr.org/">Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform</a>.</p><p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:53:43 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2657 at http://kbia.org Paying for Quality, Not Quantity Report Says Health Reform Will Provide Financial Boost http://kbia.org/post/report-says-health-reform-will-provide-financial-boost <p>In 2019, the average Missouri family will be $1,471 richer. That&rsquo;s how much the average family will save on health care each year once Obama&rsquo;s reform law takes full effect, according to a <a href="http://familiesusa2.org/assets/pdfs/health-reform/helping-families/Missouri.pdf">new study</a> by Families USA, a pro-reform group.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:34:41 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2515 at http://kbia.org Report Says Health Reform Will Provide Financial Boost Most Missourians Still Oppose Health Care Law http://kbia.org/post/most-missourians-still-oppose-health-care-law <p>Americans now know less about the main provisions of Obama&rsquo;s health care reform law than they did at the end of last year. That&rsquo;s according to the latest monthly poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here in Missouri, a majority continues to oppose the law.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:09:32 +0000 Jacob Fenston 1997 at http://kbia.org