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8:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now

Will people from Missouri and Illinois who bought health insurance on the federal exchange lose their subsidies?

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:55 pm

On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions that could have major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The controversy hinges on whether people in the 36 states that opted NOT to set up their own health insurance exchanges can qualify for subsidies (really, tax credits) on their health insurance premiums. Missouri and Illinois are among those 36 that don't have state-run exchanges.

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov

Aaron Swaney helps Jeannie Wyble with her application for insurance through the online health marketplace at Family Health Center on Dec. 5, 2013. Wyble's application was stuck in "in progress" limbo for weeks.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA

Consumers who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have until Monday to enroll in a plan that would start on Jan. 1. But HealthCare.gov still has kinks that frustrate many consumers and navigators. KBIA’s Harum Helmy followed one Columbia resident’s journey with the website. 

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Health & Wealth Update
7:31 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Lukewarm response to HealthCare.gov enrollment outreach in rural Missouri

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Listen to KBIA's Harum Helmy talk to Kate King, a navigator who's been helping with efforts of spreading awareness about HealthCare.Gov.

As an Affordable Care Act navigator, Kate King has been traveling to counties throughout central Missouri spreading awareness of and getting Missourians enrolled in HealthCare.gov.  

King works with the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, which serves a 19-county area, 17 of them rural. The agency is part of a nonprofit alliance that received $750,000 in federal grants in August to help with Healthcare.gov outreach. 

 

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Science, Health and Technology
1:11 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Interactive: Obamacare rates depend on where you live in Missouri

If you're a 38-year-old Missourian living in Pemiscot County in the Bootheel, an Affordable Care Act "gold" insurance plan will cost you at least $418 per month, before subsidies. If you're a 38-year-old living in Kansas City, a similar plan will cost you about $263 per month. 

Here's why:

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will Mo. insurance providers extend canceled health plans?

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Health insurers serving the individual and small group markets in Missouri can continue selling plans that would have been canceled by Dec. 31 for not meeting the requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act, according to the state's Department of Insurance. 

Starting in 2014, all health insurance plans must include some services from all of the law's "10 essential health benefit" categories. The broadly defined categories include, among others: maternity care, behavioral health treatments, prescription drugs, laboratory services and preventive services.

Insurance companies have now sent cancelation notices to millions of Americans who hold health plans that did not meet those requirements.  Following nationwide criticism, President Barack Obama proposed on Nov. 15 that the administration would allow the canceled plans to remain effective until the end of 2014.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:38 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

751 Missourians have chosen insurance plans on HealthCare.gov as of Nov. 2

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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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Health & Wealth Blog
3:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What's your Obamacare story?

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As the Affordable Care Act's provisions continue to roll out, the law will continue to affect our lives.

In Missouri, where the legislature still hasn't expanded Medicaid, 193,000 adults will fall in what’s called the “coverage gap.” These adults aren’t eligible for Missouri’s current Medicaid program (which doesn’t cover any able-bodied adult without children, no matter how low his or her income), and they make too little money to qualify for any subsidies that can help them pay for insurance premiums through the online health marketplace.

Despite the gap, a national report says 40 percent of the 800,000 in Missouri who are uninsured could be eligible for free insurance premiums through HealthCare.gov. That is, of course, if the website would just function properly.

Meanwhile, some people are also getting kicked out of their existing insurance plans -- some of which have been canceled for not meeting the basic coverage to be a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act.

KBIA needs your help in personalizing the stories mentioned above. Would you share with us your experience with the Affordable Care Act? Fill out the form below. We won’t publish your name or story without your permission.

Hat tip to ProPublica, who published the original version of this form. 

Health & Wealth Update
2:32 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

How the Obamacare insurance marketplace can help rural residents

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The Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplace has its problems, but the service also has potential to help improve rural health. Jon M. Bailey, the director of rural research and analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs, went as far as putting it this way:

“The new health insurance marketplaces were practically created for rural people.”

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Intersection
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act

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Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the Affordable Care Act.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Check out the 'How much is Obamacare going to cost me?' calculator

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Starting Oct. 1, anyone looking to purchase health insurance plans can enroll in the new online marketplace. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace has been touted as a totally new way to buy insurance. You, the consumer, can go to the marketplace website and do a side-by-side comparison of the benefits, premiums and coverage of different insurance plans.

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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

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Sebelius said as of October 1, Missourians will be able to purchase health insurance through a new online marketplace.

Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Two Mo. organizations will hire Affordable Care Act navigators

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Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions and the Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging have been granted federal money to hire people who will help Missouri consumers navigate the new insurance marketplace, set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services quietly announced the grantees Thursday.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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CoMo Explained
12:19 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare?

Just don't read and drive.
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  This week guest host Harum Helmy explains all the ways Missouri is mucking up the implementation of "Obamacare."


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Science, Health and Technology
5:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Health care reform put on hold as lawmakers wrap up session

Anita Sutherland, seated, is one of hundreds of thousands of Missourians who would receive government health care if Missouri lawmakers opted into the federal Medicaid expansion plan.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

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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Health & Wealth Update
4:05 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Helping Missourians navigate the ACA marketplace will likely be a collaborative effort

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Listen here for an interview with Stan Hudson, a health literacy expert and associate director of the Center for Health Policy at MU about the Marketplace Navigators program.

Many Missourians will likely need help navigating the Affordable Care Act's new health insurance marketplace that's set to go online by Oct. 1, but one analyst says there might not be enough time or federal funding to train those who can help.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Congress votes to repeal 'Obamacare,' again

Republican Vicky Hartzler, who represents part of mid-Missouri, was among the 239 Republicans voting yes to repeal "Obamacare."

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal the federal health care law. The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. Every Republican in Congress voted for the repeal, including mid-Missouri's two representatives.

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