5:12 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

On First Day of Session, Nixon Touts Missouri Rx in Springfield

Nixon at South Side Senior Center in Springfield Wednesday January 1, 2014.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

As state lawmakers convened in Jefferson City Wednesday for the first day of the 2014 session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the reauthorization of the Missouri Rx program during a stop in Springfield.

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10:28 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Medicare enrollment open until December 7

Credit Roebot / Flickr

  Tuesday is the first day of the Medicare open enrollment period that extends to December 7.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

University of Missouri Health Care to cut workforce

Credit University of Missouri Health Care

University of Missouri Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.

MU Health Care spokesperson Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.

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4:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. department backing down on welfare contract


The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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Health & Wealth Blog
6:36 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts


Listen to the report.

Barring a congressional miracle,  Medicare payments to health care providers throughout the country will see a 2 percent reduction come Friday. That amount might not sound like much, but rural hospitals and their surrounding communities are the ones that would feel most of the pinch.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:16 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Medicare agency drops MU Health investigation

MU Healthcare

A federal Medicare regulator has dropped its inquiry into deficiencies at the University of Missouri Health System after the university pledged to make changes.

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Arts and Culture
1:23 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audio postcard: carolers lobby with song

Carolers with Grass Roots Organizing
Jon Ingram KBIA

Grass Roots Organizing and the Community, Faith, and Labor Groups of Mid-Missouri added a political twist to holiday caroling in Columbia Monday. Together they caroled outside the headquarters of several Missouri politicians urging them to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as raise taxes for the wealthy. Listen to this audio postcard to hear the carolers lobbying with song.

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11:48 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Congressional candidate Teresa Hensley hosts Medicare for seniors forum

Fourth Congressional District Democrat candidate Teresa Hensley hosted a forum on Medicare for seniors in Columbia Wednesday. She focused primarily on her disapproval of Republican Vice President Candidate Paul Ryan’s Medicare budget, and the health care reform act. Hensley says privatizing Medicare is unrealistic for seniors.

“What we’re talking about is giving a senior a voucher for them to go find their own health care, to talk to their own insurance companies to find their own health insurance,” Hensley says.

9:44 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion

The capitol building, Jefferson city
j.stephenconn Flickr

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country. 

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5:53 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

MU Health System gets $13.3M in federal money

KBIA file photo

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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Health & Wealth Blog
9:31 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Time to sign up for Medicare

Medicare open enrollment ends December 7.

For seniors and people with disabilities, now's the time to sign up for or review Medicare coverage. This year, Medicare's open enrollment period ends a lot earlier than usual. 

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Health & Wealth
3:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Rural Hospitals Face Medicare Cuts

Bill Sexton is CEO of Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Two weeks ago, President Obama told the nation, “Washington has to live within its means.” As Democrats and Republicans continue to scour the federal budget for over a trillion dollars in possible cuts, one group very likely to be affected is rural hospitals in the Midwest and across the nation.

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Health & Wealth
4:09 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Most Missourians Still Oppose Health Care Law

Americans now know less about the main provisions of Obama’s health care reform law than they did at the end of last year. That’s according to the latest monthly poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here in Missouri, a majority continues to oppose the law.

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