Rural Missourians may be disproportionately impacted if the state decides to opt out of Medicaid expansion during the 2013 legislative session. That’s according to a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Thomas McAuliffe, a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health, says that under the rules of the Affordable Care Act people at the poverty line or making upwards of four times it would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase insurance.
Alaysha Jefferson loves cheerleading at the Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Missouri. Living in a small town that has the population of 1,300 and without a car to drive around, Alaysha has a quiet life. She spends her time in classes, cheerleading practice, and doing homework at home.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization that has been around since 1848. The goal of the organization is to advance science, engineering and innovation globally. It publishes the prestigious journal Science and several other scientific publications. Every year AAAS names fellows based on their contributions to science. This year the University of Missouri had six members of its faculty earn the esteemed honor of being named a fellow. Dr. Stephen Alexander is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at MU and was a recipient of the award. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin sat down with him, to discuss his award and his research.
Second Life is an online, virtual 3-D world where someone can create an Avatar, or an online representation of themselves.
Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz is an assistant professor of communication in MU’s College of Arts and Science. She surveyed 279 people to find a better understanding of how their experiences with their avatar might affect their life outside of the virtual world.
Missourians are already seeing changes in healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was first implemented. According to Ryan Barker, Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, changes already affecting Missourians include provisions allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, Medicare coverage of preventative services without a co-pay, and a new rule that requires some insurance providers to partially reimburse customers if they don’t limit overhead and administrative costs.
With her father in the military, Alizebeth Wright is the first to acknowledge that her childhood has been anything but typical. Each time he's re-stationed she's been forced to move around the world, along with her mom, four sisters, and little brother.
An activist group in Columbia is looking to increase the renewable energy standards for the city.
People’s Visioning meets monthly to generate ideas to improve energy use, transportation, education and development. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sponsors the group and now, it wants to raise Columbia’s target percentage for renewable energy.
Right now, 8 percent of the city’s energy is renewable energy. The city wants to increase the amount of renewable energy used to 15 percent by 2022.
The University of Missouri has awarded $25,000 to a group of scientists, journalists and other communicators on campus who want to make their research more accessible to the wider public. To do this, some graduate student researchers are looking to the art of storytelling to help describe their work.
Monica Smith is consumed with school, work and so many extra curricular activities she can't keep count. People find it surprising that at 18, Monica keeps straight A's, works and participates in sports… when they find out what she has gone through. Monica's parents have been in and out of jail since she was 8 years old. She currently lives with her grandparents in Higginsville, Missouri.
Producers Greg Kendall-Ball and Alexandra Olgin bring us Monica’s story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life My Town project.
Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that nearly 600 federal trailers housing Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied.
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.
A researcher is testing a geothermal heating system at a turkey farm in central Missouri that could help trim utility costs.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that an engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is trying out the system, which uses the soil to regulate the temperature of water flowing through buried pipes. The water then transfers the warmth from the ground into the barn.
According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.
The Dust Bowl of the 1930s left an indelible mark on the Midwest and on history. It is the drought against which all others are measured. And it was a man-made disaster that could still offer lessons today.
Thursday the University of Missouri hosted a lecture series, sponsored by former US senator, Kit Bond. The lectures covered topics about alternative forms of energy, and the impact current energy resources have on the economy and environment.