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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Deadline looms for Missouri decision on health exchange

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Missouri has less than 24 hours to decide whether it wants to join with the federal government to set up a health exchange in the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon told U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last November that state law prevents him from moving forward with anything without legislative approval. And, there doesn’t appear to be much traction among state lawmakers.

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Intersection
8:41 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

What Medicaid expansion would mean for Missouri

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Politics
2:59 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon calls Medicaid expansion a 'smart business decision' during visit to Columbia

Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

During a visit with business and healthcare leaders on the MU campus Thursday. Governor Jay Nixon said expanding Missouri's Medicaid program would bring more federal money to the state and create about 24,000 new jobs in the first year. Nixon called the expansion a smart business decision that would bring Missouri taxpayer money back into the state.

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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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Politics
7:50 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Recap: Governor Nixon delivers State of the State address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivers his annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Jan. 28, 2013.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday night's State of the State Address. It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Mo. lawmakers open 2013 with plans for tax cuts

Now open for business.
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Missouri lawmakers have convened their 2013 session with Republican supermajorities controlling both the House and Senate.

Republicans have made tax cuts one of their top priorities for the 97th General Assembly, which runs until May 17.

They also plan to pursue business-friendly changes to the state's legal system, a bonding proposal for colleges, job-protection changes for public teachers and potentially a new transportation funding plan.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Mo. hospitals provided $1.1B in uncompensated care

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Missouri hospitals report providing a record $1.1 billion of uncompensated care to patients in 2011.

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Politics
7:50 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Medical debt cited as chief cause of bankruptcy, as advocates urge legislators to expand Medicaid

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People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon plans health care announcement

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to announce his support for a major health care initiative.

Nixon scheduled news conferences Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Barnes Jewish Center in St. Louis and Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield.

He will be joined at some of the stops by officials from the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Primary Care Association. Both groups are part of a new coalition urging Missouri to expand Medicaid eligibility as called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

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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
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
7:58 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kinder calls on legislators to refuse health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion

Health insurance exchanges are online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can buy plans. It's a component of the Affordable Care Act.
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Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to refrain from creating a health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year. 

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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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Politics
9:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

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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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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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. to get nearly $32 million from drug settlement

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Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

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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
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.

Education
5:53 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

MU Health System gets $13.3M in federal money

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The University of Missouri Health System will receive $13.3 million from the federal government to enhance primary care for elderly patients.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri to receive more Medicaid dollars for elderly

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The state of Missouri is expected to get about $100 million dollars in additional Medicaid funds over several years under a federal program intended to encourage more home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Newscast for May 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Deaf Association wins lawsuit against state of Missouri for failing ADA standards
  • Statewide meetings discussing future of Missouri's transit start next Monday
  • Columbia Public School students will pay more for lunch in 2012
  • Insurer's lawsuit against state of Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed
Politics
5:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lawsuit against Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new Medicaid insurance contracts covering more than 400,000 low-income residents.

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Politics
9:14 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. legislators OK millions in spending from 2012 budget

The Missouri Legislature has given final approval to a bill that authorizes an additional $131 million of expenditures in the current budget.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:27 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

New judge sought in Missouri Medicaid contract lawsuit

The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to hear a lawsuit challenging a state Medicaid contract.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:04 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Medicaid out-of-pocket costs rise under proposed state program

Changes in the state Medicaid program could affect as many as 24,000 Missourians.
File KBIA

Some low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Missouri could have to pay more out of pocket to qualify for Medicaid coverage under changes being initiated in the state program.

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Health & Wealth Blog
4:02 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

States to Pick Up Medicaid Costs

Total Medicaid spending growth (dark blue) compared to state spending (light blue). In 2009 and 2010 state spending fell sharply as federal stimulus money came to the rescue. Now the reverse is happening.
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During the Great Recession, as the ranks of poor and unemployed swelled, enrollment in Medicaid shot up, growing by 7.8 percent in 2009. At the same time, state tax revenues collapsed by nearly 17 percent. States couldn't afford to pay their share of Medicaid costs, and Congress came to the rescue with the Recovery Act, boosting federal Medicaid funding by around $103 billion. But the recovery dollars ran out in June, and now states are facing the biggest yearly increase in Medicaid costs in history, according to projections by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Missouri already spends over a quarter of the state budget on Medicaid.

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PM Newscast
7:18 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Newscast for October 21, 2011

  • University of Missouri Board of Curators give MU Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to negotiate the school’s conference future.
  •  A new vehicle is added to the Ford Claycomo plant's production line.
  • Missouri education officials want to part ways with No Child Left Behind.
  • Mexico is moving forward with its downtown revitalization.
  • Missouri is first in line for new Medicaid money.
  • Missouri Senate leader wants to end the special legislative session.
  •  High-speed Internet is coming to rural mid-Missouri.
Health & Wealth Blog
6:25 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Missouri Is First in Line for New Medicaid Money

Community mental health centers in Missouri.
Missouri Department of Mental Health

For people with chronic conditions, getting Medicaid services can be a confusing, disjointed experience, shuffling from provider to provider. Under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, states can apply for federal money to help coordinate that care. Missouri did just that, and the news came today that the state will be the first to get this kind of funding under the ACA. Missouri’s application was aimed at helping people with chronic mental health issues. 

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