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Science, Health and Technology
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance

Marilyn Andersen, who raises angora goats and llamas for wool near Story City, Iowa, is one of many farmers and ranchers entering the individual health insurance marketplace.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

This week, we'll examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, and hear how one enzyme manufacturer was able to grow its business.

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Agriculture
9:09 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Health insurance unknowns loom for farmers as Affordable Care Act approaches

Marilyn Andersen, who raises angora goats and llamas for wool near Story City, Iowa, is one of many farmers and ranchers entering the individual health insurance marketplace.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Marilyn Andersen raises angora goats and llamas for wool that she spins and weaves in her studio at Two Cedars Weaving in Story City, Iowa. She also has a part-time job coordinating distribution of local produce through a service called Farm to Folk. Neither effort comes with health insurance.

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Health & Wealth Blog
6:36 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts

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Barring a congressional miracle,  Medicare payments to health care providers throughout the country will see a 2 percent reduction come Friday. That amount might not sound like much, but rural hospitals and their surrounding communities are the ones that would feel most of the pinch.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid to 300,000 Missourians. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin St Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.  Two separate House committees voted down efforts Monday to expand Medicaid to 259,000 Missourians next year and 41,000 more in later years.

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Intersection
8:41 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

What Medicaid expansion would mean for Missouri

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Science, Health and Technology
9:06 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

More on the money in medicaid expansion debate

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Healthcare reform was on the agenda in Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2013 state of the state address as he called upon lawmakers to broaden Medicaid so more Missourians would have access to healthcare. Nixon’s proposed budget includes an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program. Estimates are the plan would add nearly 260,000 lower-income adults to the healthcare program through the use of $908 million in federal funds, money that would be received by opting in to the federal Medicaid expansion. In his recent state of the state address, Nixon argued the expansion would create jobs for many Missourians and would bring increased revenue to the state.

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Health & Wealth Update
3:16 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

How Prop E did more than just stop Gov. Nixon from creating a state health exchange

More than sixty percent of Missouri voters favored Proposition E. The resulting enacted law restricts state employees from helping the federal government create a health exchange in the state, a required element of Affordable Care Act.
Missouri Secretary of State

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 A new report by an MU policy analyst warns about the consequences of a ballot measure passed by Missouri voters last November.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Businessman takes on federal health care contraceptive provision

A federal court is scheduled today, to take up one Missouri businessesman’s challenge to a recently enacted provision of the federal health law. The provision requires that most employee-health plans include no-cost coverage of contraceptives. But the rule has faced backlash from several businesses and lawmakers around the region. 

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Intersection
6:37 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Safety in Columbia Public Schools

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Science, Health and Technology
1:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Missouri health care already changing under Affordable Care Act

Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking at the Affordable Health Care Act anniversary in March
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Missourians are already seeing changes in healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was first implemented. According to Ryan Barker,  Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, changes already affecting Missourians include provisions allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, Medicare coverage of preventative services without a co-pay, and a new rule that requires some insurance providers to partially reimburse customers if they don’t limit overhead and administrative costs.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

New report says Medicaid expansion would be a boon for Mo.

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Missouri’s participation in a federal Medicaid expansion would be an economic boon for the state and even pay for itself, according to a new report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Under the federal health law, states can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance to the poor and disabled. The federal government would fully pay for an expansion during the first few years, but many state lawmakers, like Republican house speaker Tim Jones, worry about the long-term costs.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said the federal health care law is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Report: US law could increase Mo. Medicaid costs

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A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:41 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal government will step in to create Missouri's health exchange

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The federal government will set up and manage a health exchange in Missouri. An exchange is an online marketplace where individuals and small businesses will soon shop for health plans. The Affordable Care Act, or obamacare, requires that all states have exchanges up and running by 2014. States have until next week to indicate whether they will run one or not.

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Politics
6:27 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fed. Appeals Court Won't Reinstate Kinder's Suit Against Federal Health Care Law

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Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 8:21 pm

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has lost another round in his battle against President Obama’s federal health care law.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Republican Lt. Governor has no legal standing to file suit because the Affordable Care Act poses no immediate threat to Kinder’s legally protected interests.  He filed suit two years ago as an individual, not in his official capacity as Lt. Governor.  The three-judge panel’s ruling did not address the constitutionality of the federal health care law, most of which was upheld last year in a 5-4 ruling by the U-S Supreme Court.

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Education
5:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College of the Ozarks file lawsuit opposing Affordable Care Act

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College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit today against the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, arguing that the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. 

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Under the Microscope
7:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Show-Me Medicaid expansion? Missouri weighs the costs

Richard Freese sits in the waiting room of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis. Freese is self-employed, servicing and selling industrial machines. But he says if he wound up hospitalized, he’d have no income – and no way to pay his bills.
Veronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

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Health & Wealth
11:50 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill

Governor Jay Nixon announced the veto at a press conference in Jefferson City.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have exempted religious organizations from covering contraception under their health insurance plans, if that coverage would go against the organizations' beliefs. Nixon said in his remarks that existing law adequately protects religious liberties.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Congress votes to repeal 'Obamacare,' again

Republican Vicky Hartzler, who represents part of mid-Missouri, was among the 239 Republicans voting yes to repeal "Obamacare."

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal the federal health care law. The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. Every Republican in Congress voted for the repeal, including mid-Missouri's two representatives.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:33 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law

Percentage of Missourians Under Age 65 Who Were Uninsured in 2009, by County,
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In Missouri, an estimated 835,000 people don't have health insurance – that's about 14 percent of the state'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 – 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.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:36 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Report: new federal health care law could cover two thirds of Mo. uninsured

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:18 pm

A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri's more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law  - and the county-level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.

The analysis uses census data to project how the number of uninsured could change in every county in Missouri under the Affordable Care Act.

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Business
8:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo. insurers to issue nearly $61M in refunds

Under a provision in the federal healthcare law, Mo. insurers will pay nearly $61 million to Missourians.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Some of Missouri's largest insurance companies will be refunding consumers almost $61 million this month under a provision of the federal healthcare law. Insurers who failed to spend at least 80 percent of premium-dollars on medical care and quality improvement have to repay the difference to consumers.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

McCaskill reaffirms support for federal healthcare law

Senator Claire McCaskill
KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.  The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MO Lt. Gov. to challenge health care ballot language

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
KBIA file photo

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air

"A victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it."
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After last week's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory. But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri's participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.

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AM Newscasts
10:19 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Newscast for June 29, 2012

Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • After Supreme Court decision on health care, Missourians split on next step
  • Court's Medicaid ruling could leave thousands uninsured
  • Missouri will get No Child Left Behind waiver
Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Court's Medicaid ruling could leave thousands uninsured

As part yesterday's Supreme Court decision on Obama's health care law, the justices ruled the federal government can't revoke states' Medicaid funding for failing to comply with the law's required Medicaid  expansion. And as Véronique LaCapra reports, that could leave some Missourians without access to health insurance.

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PM Newscasts
6:27 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Newscast for June 28, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Top Mo. Republicans have no intention of expanding Medicaid eligibility
  • Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision
  • Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat
Politics
6:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision

KBIA File

The Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul plan — the Affordable Care Act. In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Court determined that although Congress didn’t have the power of commerce to force Americans to buy health insurance, Congress does have the power to implement a tax. And in this case, the Court finds the penalty for not buying health insurance by 2014 to be a valid tax.

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