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Politics
2:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds

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Missouri's budget concerns are continuing to mount.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office says the state cannot count on receiving $50 million of tobacco settlement proceeds in time to be used during the 2015 budget year that starts July 1.

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Health
9:14 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says

Missouri Senator Ed Emery's letter explains his reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion.

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:41 pm

How divisive was the debate over Medicaid expansion in Missouri this year?

Just ask Debbie Cole, a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in Butler, Mo., and signed a petition asking state legislators to extend Medicaid to cover more low-income residents.

“We all live different lives, and some people out there may be working two or three jobs and have no insurance, and they need it to survive,” she says.

About a month after signing the petition, Cole got a letter from her state senator, Republican Ed Emery of Lamar.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Where Missouri stands on Medicaid expansion

Healthcare advocates gather for the "My Medicaid Matters" rally on Capitol Hill in 2011.
Credit David Sachs / SEIU

  

  By now Missourians are familiar with the debate over expanding Medicaid in the state.

The Affordable Care Act gives most people the opportunity to purchase health insurance with help from federal tax credits. But individuals earning too little to qualify for these tax credits but too much to be covered under for Missouri Medicaid are stuck in what is called “The Gap.”

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Health
4:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Missouri talks Medicaid expansion

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Medicaid expansion has been a widely talked about subject throughout the state of Missouri. Medicaid is federally funded state healthcare program for those that do not make enough money to be their own healthcare, or their employer does not provide it for them.

The Medicaid policy in place now only covers those who make less than $4,500 a year total for a family of four. It also allows subsidies paid to those who make more than $89,000 a year. Those in between this gap are left without health insurance.

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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

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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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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri budget would restore Medicaid benefits

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a state budget that could restore Medicaid benefits that were cut a decade ago.

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Politics
7:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri GOP lawmaker advances Medicaid expansion

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A renegade Republican has teamed up with minority party Democrats to deliver the first affirmative vote of the year for a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:01 pm

In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.

The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.

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

Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health

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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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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

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Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement

A bill that would revamp the mangement of Medicaid in Missouri was debated in Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 2.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.

Senators Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.

Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.

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Politics
9:22 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Faith Voices of Columbia kicks off with discussion of political moral issues

Signs were passed out to people during the event, “A Call to Dignity” Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Audience members raised them high in the air to show their agreement on a situation.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Debbie Jenkins has been a health care worker for 38 years, but last year she lost her job. Now she lives on $875 a month, which she is told is too much to qualify for Medicaid.

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Health
12:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion

(l-r) Mo. Hosp. Assoc. CEO Herb Kuhn and Mo. Chamber CEO Dan Mehan discuss survey of hospitals with reporters on March 26, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:32 pm

(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)

In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.

The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

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Politics
7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:56 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill

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Legal experts are raising concerns about a Missouri proposal to require adult Medicaid recipients to work.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel

Missouri Capitol
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A Republican plan to revamp and expand Missouri's Medicaid program is getting its first hearing in the state House.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri has backlog of Medicaid applications

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Missouri has a backlog of about 22,000 parents and children waiting to learn whether they will be covered by Medicaid.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education

The measure aims to correct a lack of funding for education and social services following a shortfall in expected state revenues.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gov. Nixon's call to expand Medicaid rejected

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A Missouri House panel has once again rejected Gov. Jay Nixon's call to expand Medicaid for about 300,000 people.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Mo. targets developmentally disabled wait list

Hundreds of people who have developmental disabilities could begin receiving publicly funded services as Missouri officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Nixon pushes Medicaid expansion for mental health services

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand Medicaid services to cover uninsured citizens looking for mental health services.
File Photo KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is reiterating his push for Medicaid reform, saying expanding the program would cover the 50,000 currently uninsured Missourians who need mental health services.

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu February 6, 2014

GOP led Mo. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion

Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.

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Health
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Missouri cites problems with feds' Medicaid referrals

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Missouri has received the names of more than 25,000 people determined to be potentially eligible for Medicaid through the federal government's online insurance marketplace.

But none of those people have been added to Missouri's Medicaid program yet.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the data from the federal government is not in a format that can easily be used by Missouri's Medicaid officials.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Sen. Bond to lobby in favor of Missouri expanding Medicaid

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Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of  Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Missouri senator files Medicaid overhaul plan

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The Senate chairman of a Missouri Medicaid study panel has introduced a plan to revamp the health care program without expanding it.

Republican Sen. Gary Romine , of Farmington, filed legislation Thursday that would expand the use of managed care plans and provide financial incentives for patients to hold down their medical costs.

Romine's legislation largely follows the recommendations of a special committee he lead last year. It makes no mention of expanding Medicaid eligibility for lower-income adults as allowed under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
8:05 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Medicaid Fraud Unit reports average year for Missouri

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The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.

That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's Medicaid Fraud Unit. The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.

Koster, a Democrat, says those wide variations are triggered by how much money Missouri receives from national settlements. But even though more national settlements means more money for the state's coffers, he says the fraud that concerns him the most is conducted by the smaller providers.

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