Katie Hiler

Reporter

Katie graduated from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program in 2013 with a degree in science journalism. She was the senior producer for The Doppler Effect, WNYUs Science and Tech news show. Katie was an intern for The New York Times and produced the weekly Science Times podcast, and was also an intern with WNYCs The Takeaway. She has published both print and web pieces for The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and Scienceline.org

Intersection Live
5:13 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Intersection Live: How to talk to your Doc

Join KBIA for a public taping of Intersection, July 24th at 7pm in the Mizzou student center.

 

Have you ever left a doctor’s office with more questions than answers? Don’t let that happen again. 

Join us Thursday, July 24th for an evening of conversation with health literacy experts Dr. Steve Pu and Dr. Ingrid Taylor of Health Literacy Missouri. Come take part in a live taping of KBIA’s local talk show Intersection, hosted by Ryan Famuliner.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Senator Blunt addresses VA wait times at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital

Senator Blunt leaving Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia on Thursday.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt continued his tour of mental health facilities in the state on Thursday with a stop at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. 

Blunt spoke with Veterans Affairs administrators about how to better assist veterans experiencing a mental health crisis who need treatment immediately. Blunt says he is encouraged by the efforts the hospital has made to shorten waitlist times but says there are also many ways it can still improve.

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Politics
6:31 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

McCaskill announces results of veterans survey at MU

Senator Claire McCaskill spoke at the Veterans Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke at the Veterans War Memorial on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Friday, where she announced the most recent results of her Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, an unscientific, confidential survey of veteran’s experiences at VA facilities in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. 

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Health & Wealth Update
11:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs

Selected rural health care facilities in Missouri.
Credit Rural Assistance Center

    

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Health & Wealth Feature
9:07 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about

Smiles of Hope dental clinic was built in the attic of the Lighthouse Christian Center in Dexter, Mo.
Katie Hiler KBIA

  Note: A portion of this story was aired as part of the Health & Wealth Update for 5/14/2014

When I think about adult dental care in Missouri, I think of Ben Affleck. In the movie Argo, CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, pitches his plan to extract six American hostages from Iran by pretending to be on a Hollywood scouting trip. The CIA director doesn’t think it’ll work and wants to look for a better option. That’s when Mendez says:

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Health & Wealth Update
9:13 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate

Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Back in 2005, Missouri de-funded dental care for all Medicaid recipients except, children, pregnant women and the disabled. And it’s left a lot of people with only bad options.

Many of them find themselves in the ER with tooth infections, where cost for treatment per patient can run on average around $9,000. Some try to find affordable care at Federally Qualified Health Centers where services are discounted for low-income patients, but aren't free.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Forget fuel tax, Missouri pushes sales tax increase to fund MoDOT

Lloyd Anderson, of Kansas City, Mo. shops for detergent in Walmart. Missouri residents could vote on a one percent sales tax increase this November to fund transportation projects.
Credit Walmart / Flickr

Summer is coming, and Missourians are hitting the open road, which, after a brutal winter, has taken quite a beating. The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking into making Missouri roads safer, not just by filling in potholes but also widening shoulders on rural roads and expanding Interstate 70 from two lanes to three. That sounds expensive, but the Missouri state legislature has a plan for drumming up close to $800 million a year over the next ten years for Department of Transportation projects – a one percent increase in sales and use tax.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Grandparents face legal issues, financial strain when raising grandchildren

R. Diane Hall, AARP Associate State Director of Community Outreach, discusses AARP's Benefit Quicklink Program at the Northland Grandfamilies support group meeting on Feb 12.
Credit MU Extension Center

On April 24, the family resource organization Parentlink will hold a special conference in Jefferson City for Grandparents raising grandchildren in the state of Missouri. The free event will provide Seniors with resources, practical information as well as support to help them meet the significant financial and legal challenges they face. But events like this one happen only occasionally - more sustained outreach programs for these Grandparents are harder to find.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health

Credit Conor Lawless / Flickr

The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature

Credit Gaijin Biker / Flickr

    

The Silver Haired Legislature is an elected body of Missouri senior citizens who advocate for legislation that addresses the concerns of older adults, like pay day loan restrictions and elder abuse. But recently they’ve thrown their support behind a unique issue – children in the care of grandparents, and the complicated process of obtaining legal guardianship in the state of Missouri.  

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Health & Wealth Update
6:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

State Dental Director Ray Storm at the helm of Missouri's oral health programs

Credit Anderson Mancini / Flickr

While the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion have been the topics du jour in recent weeks, one of the most overlooked aspects of healthcare in the state of Missouri may be oral health. In 2012 The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States issued a report card for all 50 states based on eight benchmarks that they consider important steps to improve and expand access to dental health. Missouri received a grade of C, having met or exceeded only half of those benchmarks.

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Health & Wealth Feature
8:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories

Top: Rex Sharp, Kathryn Richter, Theresa, Angel, and Jospeh Pham with their mother, Julia and Dan McDaniel; Middle: Ann Hampton, Tom Perry and his wife, a sign outside the enrollment event at the Springfield Library Center, Mark James; Bottom: Pamela and Edmund Brown, table at the Life Betterment Fair in Springfield, Gene W. Griffith, Layla Earl
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

  

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Affordable Care Act from a number of politicians - Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Roy Blunt, and, of course, President Obama, to name a few.  These people can talk about the number of people insured and weigh the cost versus economic impact. But behind those numbers they’re citing are people, Missourians. Those dollar figures they throw around, that’s money in and out of our pockets. So how do Missourians who have been trying to utilize the new healthcare law feel about it? 

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Health & Wealth Feature
5:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Missouri youth take on challenges of anti-tobacco advocacy

Missouri students attend a capitol day event organizaed by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board
Katie Hiler KBIA

On a Thursday morning in late February, a group of 100 middle and high school students gathered in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City for a capitol day event organized by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board. Their goal was to speak with their legislators about making the building smoke-free. Unlike every other public building in Jefferson City, the capitol building doesn’t entirely comply with the city’s smoking ban - lawmakers are unofficially allowed to smoke in their offices.

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Health
2:48 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Missouri youth support anti-smoking policy at state capitol event

Students from South Harrison High School in Bethany, MO speak to Representative Casey Guernsey about making the capitol building smoke-free
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Some of Missouri’s strongest anti-tobacco advocates just happen to be under 18 years old. More than one hundred students from across the state arrived in Jefferson City Thursday for an anti-tobacco advocacy and education event at the capitol organized by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advisory Board. The students delivered over two thousand signatures of support along with pinwheels to represent their desire for clean air to House of Representatives Majority Leader John Diehl.

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Health & Wealth Update
4:21 am
Wed March 19, 2014

State lawmakers help keep Missouri smoking rates high

Credit Challiyan / Flickr

You’ve probably heard it before: rates of smoking and tobacco use in Missouri are some of the highest in the nation. Roughly 1 in 4 Missourians over the age of 18 smoke tobacco and the state ranks 50th for workplace exposure to second-hand smoke.  But what isn’t clear is why Missouri has consistently ranked so low compared with other states. I spoke with Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of Tobacco Free Missouri, who says it’s because lawmakers have made it particularly easy to be a tobacco user in the state.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline

With the deadline approaching, Missouri residents signed-up for health insurance at an enrollment event March 8 at The Library Center in Springfield.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

The Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace has been open for business since October 1 and technical issues that plagued the website early on have mostly been resolved. Yet Missouri residents have been slow to sign-up for health insurance under the new law. According to the nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation, only 40 percent of Missourians eligible to enroll have actually chosen a plan. I spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about why signing up is important for Missouri residents, particularly in rural areas.  

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Health & Wealth Desk

KBIA’s Health & Wealth Desk covers the economy and health of rural and underserved communities in Missouri and beyond. Reporter Katie Hiler produces a short weekly radio segment, as well as in-depth features and regular blog posts. The reporting desk is funded by a grant from the University of Missouri.