rural Missouri

Health & Wealth Feature
8:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories

Top: Rex Sharp, Kathryn Richter, Theresa, Angel, and Jospeh Pham with their mother, Julia and Dan McDaniel; Middle: Ann Hampton, Tom Perry and his wife, a sign outside the enrollment event at the Springfield Library Center, Mark James; Bottom: Pamela and Edmund Brown, table at the Life Betterment Fair in Springfield, Gene W. Griffith, Layla Earl
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

  

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Affordable Care Act from a number of politicians - Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Roy Blunt, and, of course, President Obama, to name a few.  These people can talk about the number of people insured and weigh the cost versus economic impact. But behind those numbers they’re citing are people, Missourians. Those dollar figures they throw around, that’s money in and out of our pockets. So how do Missourians who have been trying to utilize the new healthcare law feel about it? 

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Health & Wealth Update
1:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline

With the deadline approaching, Missouri residents signed-up for health insurance at an enrollment event March 8 at The Library Center in Springfield.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

The Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace has been open for business since October 1 and technical issues that plagued the website early on have mostly been resolved. Yet Missouri residents have been slow to sign-up for health insurance under the new law. According to the nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation, only 40 percent of Missourians eligible to enroll have actually chosen a plan. I spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about why signing up is important for Missouri residents, particularly in rural areas.  

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem

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The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas is a 145-page-strong document and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State. Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem

Credit Marcus Mo / Flickr

The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas is a 145-page-strong document and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State. Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation.

Before the atlas, no one really kept a centralized collection of the different aspects of Missouri’s food insecurity problem. 

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Arts and Culture
12:55 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/RichHillUSA

For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about filming Rich Hill, their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.

“I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,” Tragos said.

“I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,” Palermo added. “In turn, [they] say they love us like family.”

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Health & Wealth Update
11:22 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Rural librarian works to turn small-town library to hub of learning

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This week, a sweet story from a library in Oregon County, just north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line.  

Rachel Reynolds Luster is the librarian at the cozy, one-room library in Myrtle, Missouri:  population around 150. There’s one gas station and a small post office, but no grocery store or bank.

Upon reporting to work on day one, she realized there was going to be one major challenge: there were hardly any modern books.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:15 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Study projects historic transfer of wealth in Missouri, philanthropic group solicits donations

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In the next 50 years, Missouri and the rest of the country will see a historic amount of money getting passed down through inheritance

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Health & Wealth
4:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities

The smoking ban in restaurants and bars in Washington, Mo., officially came into effect on Monday, April 15. Members of Breathe Easy Washington, the group that pushed for the ordinance, celebrated that day at a local restaurant.
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At only 17 cents per cigarette pack, Missouri has the lowest tax for tobacco in the U.S. In 2012, Missouri voters said no to increasing that tax to 90 cents per pack. Missouri is also one of 14 states that don't have some sort of a statewide ban on smoking in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars. All of this adds up to the Show-Me State's top spot as the freest state in the nation when it comes to tobacco. 

But since 2007, about two dozen municipalities in Missouri have enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This Monday, rural Washington, Mo., joins that list. The City Council voted to pass the ordinance to ban smoking back in January. 

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Business
5:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rural Mo. town now a 'ghost of a past settlement'

Jim Rives' former school house in Goss, Mo. was converted into a home years ago.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA

Listen to the story about a town with zero residents.

Goss stands as one of the smallest towns in Missouri. While driving by, you might miss it if it weren’t for a few green road signs marking the town’s location along Route 24 in Monroe County.  If you stopped in Goss to ask for directions – you’re most likely out of luck because, well, nobody lives here. At least that’s what the 2010 U.S. Census reported.

The census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some towns grow rapidly, others – like Goss – continue to dwindle.

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Business Beat
4:43 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rural Mo. town: Population zero

MU Professor Brian Dabson stands in a tattered workshop of the defunct Joe Gilliam Mining Company, which used to mine clay. Former owner, Bob Gilliam, said he bought up the property as the residents of Goss moved away.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA

The most recent U.S. census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some cities across the country are growing, many small towns are dwindling. KBIA’s Lukas Udstuen takes us to Goss, one of the smallest towns in Missouri. You might miss it if it weren’t for a few road signs marking its location along Route 24 in Monroe County. And you’re most likely out of luck if you stop in Goss for directions because the 2010 Census reported the town has zero residents.

Check out more details about how Goss came about and see an audio slide show here.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Why pregnant rural women have high stress levels

MU assistant nursing professor Tina Bloom studies rural women. She's currently recruiting pregnant women who live in rural communities to help test a new online safety planning to help women in abusive relationships protect themselves. She can be reached at 660-537-4213 or bloomt@missouri.edu.
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In this week's Health & Wealth Update, listen to a conversation with Tina Bloom about her latest study.

  MU nursing professor Tina Bloom interviewed 24 pregnant rural Missouri women to learn about what makes them stress. She said what she found challenges her idyllic vision of rural life.

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