Harum Helmy

Health and Wealth Reporter

Harum Helmy started as KBIA's Health and Wealth reporter in January 2013. She has previously worked at the station as a news assistant, helping assign and edit stories by student reporters. Harum grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and graduated from MU with degrees in journalism and anthropology in 2011. She's trying to finish up an MA in journalism. 

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Health & Wealth Update
12:37 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Boone Hospital and MU Health Care to lay off employees, cut others' hours

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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update.

Thirty-five MU Health Care employees will see their hours reduced in the coming year. At Boone Hospital Center, seven employees’ hours will be cut, while 13 full- and part-time employees will lose their jobs.

In Boone Hospital’s case, the layoffs came in a system-wide package. The hospital’s parent company, St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare, recently announced it is cutting 160 jobs from its hospitals. This is the first time BJC has ever made system-wide layoffs. June Fowler, vice president for corporate and public communications at the company, said several factors led to the layoffs.

“BJC is experiencing reductions in our reimbursement for the healthcare services that we provide,” Fowler said.  “We’ve also seen a decrease in inpatient hospitalizations.”

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Newscast for June 12, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Beloved Columbia educator and desegregation leader Eliot Battle dies at 88
  • MU Chancellor Brady Deaton to retire in November
  • Missouri to use new high school equivalency test starting January 1, 2014

Health & Wealth Update
1:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts

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  Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals serve a population that tends to be older, sicker, uninsured and have less income. Rural hospitals provide a lot of uncompensated care and run on more narrow profit margins.

To stay open, these hospitals depend on special federal designations 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 can make up to a third of its entire revenue

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PM Newscasts
6:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Newscast for June 6, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • Missouri high school graduation rate ranks 8th in the nation
  • Changes in UM System leadership after vice president retires
  • Flooding, bacteria closes more public beaches in Missouri 

Education
4:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Missouri high school graduation rate ranks 8th in the nation

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Missouri ranks eighth in the nation for high school graduation rates, according to a new national report published by Education Week. The state graduated 80.7 percent of its high school students in 2010, marking the second year Missouri has been in the top 10. Missouri's education commissioner Chris Nicastro says she credits the achievement to local schools’ increased efforts to keep students in school.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:57 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Reports highlight health disparities among blacks and Hispanics in Missouri

Health care providers, nonprofit groups and government employees gathered in Columbia Tuesday, June 4, to discuss the health disparities among African Americans and Hispanics in Missouri. The forum coincided with the Missouri Foundation for Health's publication of reports on the disparities.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA News

African American and Hispanic Missourians trail behind whites when it comes to health indicators. The nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health published reports Tuesday on the health disparities of the two minority groups. 

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Politics
10:38 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Medicaid reform conversation continues in Missouri

Pro-Medicaid expansion protesters meet House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) at the Columbia stop of his post-legislative session tour.
Credit Teddy Nykiel / KBIA News

 

Although the Missouri legislative session has ended, the discussion on what to do with the state’s Medicaid program continues.

The Affordable Care Act asks states to expand their Medicaid eligibility to cover those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s about $30,000 for a family of four. Missouri’s Republican-majority legislature has refused to expand Medicaid, calling it a broken system. Now, both the state House and Senate have established interim committees to study ways to reform Medicaid.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

US Rep. Hartzler visits Columbia's community health center

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) visits a federally qualified health center in Columbia on Tuesday, May 28. She said she hopes to see more health centers open up in her district to serve the medically underserved population. Administrators say health centers need more funding.
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U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler met with administrators of Columbia’s Family Health Center on Tuesday. The center provides primary care for the medically underserved population by using a sliding fee scale that depends on a patient’s income level. Hartzler says the visit is part of her efforts to learn more about ways to help more people in her district gain access to quality health care.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:17 am
Wed May 22, 2013

As Missouri's Medicaid awaits reform, health centers continue to serve uninsured

This week on KBIA’s talk show Intersection, host Ryan Famuliner sat down with State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) to discuss the legislative session that ended on Friday. One of the main things on the show’s agenda was, of course, Medicaid expansion – or lack thereof.

Famuliner asked the panelists why the expansion failed to pass. 

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Education
8:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Douglass High celebrates largest graduating class since becoming desegregated

Seventy two students received their diplomas on Saturday, May 18, as Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since becoming a desegregated high school in the 1980s.
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Columbia’s Frederick H. Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since the building reopened as a desegregated high school in the 1980s.  

“This day, we celebrate the triumph and determination and hope of, hear this number, people, 72 graduates,” Douglass principal Eryca Neville announced to a roaring auditorium, packed full of proud family and friends. 

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Health & Wealth Update
11:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Interfaith leaders gather for last-minute support of Medicaid expansion [video]

Fr. Thomas Saucier welcomes attendees to an interfaith prayer service for Medicaid expansion on Monday, May 13. About 30 people attended the service, held at the St Thomas More Newman Center at MU.
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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update.

  

With the Missouri legislative session ending on Friday and a Republican supermajority that still won't budge, the hope to expand Medicaid in Missouri is pretty much dead for FY 2014.

It's so dead that perhaps the only thing that could bring it back to life is, well, interfaith prayers for a miracle.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Missouri health centers eligible for $3 million in insurance outreach fund

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced another round of funding to help Americans enroll in the Affordable Care Act's new online health insurance marketplace.

About $150 million is now available for community health centers nationwide to hire and train employees who would provide in-person help for the public about their insurance options in the marketplace, which is set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1. 

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Health & Wealth Update
4:05 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Helping Missourians navigate the ACA marketplace will likely be a collaborative effort

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Listen here for an interview with Stan Hudson, a health literacy expert and associate director of the Center for Health Policy at MU about the Marketplace Navigators program.

Many Missourians 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.

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