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Politics
8:44 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Senate Republicans reject Democratic Medicaid proposal

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A Republican-led Senate committee considering changes to Missouri's Medicaid program has rejected a Democratic proposal in support of expanded eligibility.

The decision by the Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform dealt with what recommendations to include in a report in advance for the 2014 session.

Earlier Wednesday, Democrats walked out of the committee while it considered other recommendations for changing Medicaid.

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Politics
7:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:07 am

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right).

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:35 am

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Politics
11:40 am
Mon July 29, 2013

In Columbia, Missourians call House panel to expand Medicaid

In May 30, 2013, pro-Medicaid expansion protesters gather outside the Columbia stop of House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka)'s post-legislative session tour.
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Echoing testimonies from earlier hearings in Independence and Springfield, witness after witness spoke in support of Medicaid expansion at a House interim committee hearing in Columbia on Saturday.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Former insurance executive speaks out for Medicaid expansion

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A former health insurance company executive says he left the comforts of a padded career of corporate jets and high rise offices to speak out against unfair insurance practices.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:17 am
Wed May 22, 2013

As Missouri's Medicaid awaits reform, health centers continue to serve uninsured

This week on KBIA’s talk show Intersection, host Ryan Famuliner sat down with State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) and Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) to discuss the legislative session that ended on Friday. One of the main things on the show’s agenda was, of course, Medicaid expansion – or lack thereof.

Famuliner asked the panelists why the expansion failed to pass. 

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Health & Wealth Update
11:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Interfaith leaders gather for last-minute support of Medicaid expansion [video]

Fr. Thomas Saucier welcomes attendees to an interfaith prayer service for Medicaid expansion on Monday, May 13. About 30 people attended the service, held at the St Thomas More Newman Center at MU.
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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update.

  

With the Missouri legislative session ending on Friday and a Republican supermajority that still won't budge, the hope to expand Medicaid in Missouri is pretty much dead for FY 2014.

It's so dead that perhaps the only thing that could bring it back to life is, well, interfaith prayers for a miracle.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue April 30, 2013

State budget rejected by House, another Medicaid expansion attempt defeated

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 5:17 pm

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Alternate Medicaid Proposal Dead For 2013 Mo. Regular Session

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:29 am

An alternate Medicaid expansion bill that contained some reforms sought by Missouri House Republicans is all but dead this year.

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Politics
10:03 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. House committee hears testimony on state welfare contract

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:43 am

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Nixon Addresses 1,000+ Medicaid Expansion Supporters At Mo. Capitol

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:58 pm

A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 crammed into the Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Tuesday to hear Governor Jay Nixon (D) call for expanding Medicaid to an additional 300,000 residents, nearly 260,000 of them by next year.


He told the crowd that the people he wants to add are those with low-paying jobs that don’t include health coverage.

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Health & Wealth Blog
5:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Rural Reads: Redneck reality, Obama's budget and critical access hospitals

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Every Friday, KBIA's Health & Wealth Desk talks about the week's most interesting articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues. 

'Redneck reality' and rural portrayal in cable television

Entertainment newspaper The A.V. Club muses on A&E's popular reality show Duck Dynasty, saying the show is the 21st century incarnation of old rural-themed sitcoms that once dominated network television. Think Petticoat JunctionThe Beverly Hillbillies, and Hee-Haw. It's an interesting read, but we were especially interested with the author's take on ways the television shows have to negotiate the rural-urban political disparities. 

While the rural-themed programming of days gone by tended to depict the small Southern town as a bucolic haven for good-hearted folk, redneck reality is more apt to acknowledge the social and economic ills of the subcultures it depicts. These shows are sanitized for the protection of viewers with blue-state sensibilities; when they occur at all, political discussions tend to center on generalized platitudes about freedom and family, rather than specifics that might turn off half the potential audience.

 

H/T: The Rural Blog

Did headlines about death rates at rural hospitals tell the wrong story?
The Daily Yonder is killing it with their opinion pieces this week. 

Case in point: A new report made headlines last week, saying death rates are rising at rural, geographically isolated hospitals. But an opinion writer for the Yonder says news reports are not telling the real story of these so-called critical access hospitals:

The patients in the small rural hospital with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia have become a select population. A large proportion has decided that they are through paying all the human costs of the miracles of modern medicine. They have made the decision to stay in familiar surroundings near home and family. 

The researchers found that 13.3% of the patients at critical access hospitals with one of the three conditions died, compared to 11.4 % of the medical center patients. Given all the terrible tools that modern medical centers have to work with, I’m amazed they only manage a small difference in patient survival over the most basic, little country hospitals in America. 

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Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Obama's proposed delay in cuts could cool off MO medicaid expansion debate

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In his proposed budget, President Barack Obama wants to delay cuts to federal payments to hospitals, keeping the payments intact for an extra year. That could affect the debate over expanding Medicaid in Missouri.

Through what’s called the disproportionate share hospital payments or DSH payments, the federal government gives money to hospitals that provide a lot of free care to patients who are uninsured and can’t afford services. The Affordable Care Act, though, includes significant cuts to DSH payments.

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Health & Wealth
11:37 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Why rural Missouri hospitals are rooting for Medicaid expansion

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Listen to this week's Health and Wealth Update featuring KSMU's Jennifer Davidson.

The uphill congressional battle to expand Medicaid in Missouri is making rural hospitals that serve areas with high poverty levels really, really nervous. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has the story.

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