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8:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now

Will people from Missouri and Illinois who bought health insurance on the federal exchange lose their subsidies?

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:55 pm

On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions that could have major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The controversy hinges on whether people in the 36 states that opted NOT to set up their own health insurance exchanges can qualify for subsidies (really, tax credits) on their health insurance premiums. Missouri and Illinois are among those 36 that don't have state-run exchanges.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Confused about the new online health insurance marketplace? We have answers

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Starting on October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It’s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers. Here's an excerpt from their conversation.

How will Missourians access the new health insurance options?

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid

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A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. AG won't appeal birth control ruling

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Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a federal court ruling striking down a Missouri law that exempted moral objectors from an insurance requirement to cover birth control.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.

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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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Politics
8:45 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Federal judge dismisses contraception mandate suit

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A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.

Politics
9:07 am
Mon October 1, 2012

McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy

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Few issues have generated as much passion and attention recently as health care. Like many Democrats and Republicans around the nation, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are on opposites sides of the issue.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill supports and defends the health care law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, wants to repeal it.

But there may be at least some middle ground.

Politics
8:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure

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The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge. 

Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.

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Politics
7:35 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange

Governor Jay Nixon
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The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats. And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has yet to take a stance on the issue.

The day after Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit that alleges the wording for a healthcare exchange ballot initiative is misleading; Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written. As for the idea of healthcare exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

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Politics
9:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.  The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. But the Supreme Court ruling now leaves that decision up to states.  Speaking to reporters in Kansas City Monday, Nixon said he hopes to work with providers, businesses, and lawmakers to figure out what’s best for Missouri.

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Politics
9:26 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Report shows two-thirds of Missouri's uninsured could get health coverage

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. The county level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.

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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.
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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
5:42 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Top Mo. Republicans against expanding Medicaid eligibility

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Top Missouri Republicans say they have no intention of expanding Medicaid eligibility as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on the federal health care law.

The high court struck down a provision Thursday that threatened states with the loss of existing federal Medicaid dollars if they refuse to expand coverage to adults earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That ruling essentially makes the expansion optional for states.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones says the Republican-led Legislature will not consider the expansion.

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5:47 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Newscast for April 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Healthcare rebuke passes Missouri House. 
  • Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation.
  • Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say. 
  • Missouri energy companies to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors in Callaway County. 
Science, Health and Technology
4:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Health care rebuke passes House

The Missouri House has passed legislation that seeks to both bar and criminalize enforcement of the 2010 federal health care law. 

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Science, Health and Technology
3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Missouri bill would ban implementation of health care reform

A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2010 federal health care overhaul in the state.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Mo. Senate votes down health insurance exchange

The Missouri Senate has rejected an attempt to set up a state-run health insurance exchange.

The exchanges are part of the federal health care law approved in 2009. States are required to create exchanges by 2014 so that individuals and small business can compare health insurance plans.

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