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The Obama administration says it will give people more time to sign up for health insurance through the federal online marketplace.

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For thousands of Missouri residents, flood insurance premiums are about to go up.

People living in flood plains around the nation will soon see a jump in premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program, though a new law softens the blow a bit.

Under a 2012 statute, premiums could have risen from $2,000 annually to $13,000 each year, but residential rate hikes are now limited to an increase of 18 percent a year.

Missouri will receive more than $100,000 from its participation in two multistate settlements with insurance companies.

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Out of nearly 28,000 Missourians who have completed the applications for insurance through HealthCare.gov, only 751 so far have chosen insurance plans. The online marketplace, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. Technological glitches made signing up nearly impossible in its first couple of weeks. 

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Missouri lawmakers could attempt to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of restrictions on lawsuits from uninsured motorists.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • MU Health Care named one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the country 
  • Kirksville pays Environmental Protection Agency fine for not testing water
  • New licensing requirements for insurance counselors 

Health care reform put on hold as lawmakers wrap up session

May 16, 2013
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Rain is drizzling on the roughly 40 people standing in line outside the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in rural Mountain View, Missouri. Some have been standing for hours. At 5:30 pm, the clinic doors swing open, and the patients flood into a clean, bare bones waiting room.

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The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna. 

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.

Recent natural disasters will affect more than just those Missourians living in disaster areas.

A report by the Missouri auditor says a state-created workers' compensation company has enjoyed a competitive advantage while functioning in a best-of-both-worlds situation.

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Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

Newscast for January 24, 2012

Jan 24, 2012
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri tries to refinance more than a half billion dollars of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget
  • Missouri General Assembly weighs changes to workplace discrimination laws
  • Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown