Affordable Care Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/differing-court-rulings-obamacare-mean-one-thing-nothing-changes-now <p>On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions that could have major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:09:20 +0000 Shula Neuman & Véronique LaCapra 38284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-take-emergency-care-christian-hospital-using-paramedics-reduce-911-calls <p>Paramedic Jaclyn Kloecker has experienced her share of tension, turmoil, rising adrenaline and blaring sirens. She's been responding to 911 calls and rushing the sick or injured to emergency rooms for 15 years.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a recent rainy morning, however, </span>Kloecker<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;wasn't responding to an emergency. Rather, she was on a calmer, quieter mission, performing medical screenings aimed at reducing the number of 911 calls that Christian Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service system handles.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:26:54 +0000 Robert Joiner 35213 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-expanded-its-medicaid-program-missouri-didn-t-how-are-those-choices-working-out <p>For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.</p><p>Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.</p><p>But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:02:51 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34700 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out? Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-will-allow-more-time-health-insurance-sign-ups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama administration says it will give people more time to sign up for health insurance through the federal online marketplace.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:11:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Spring Fling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-science-environment-rundown-spring-fling <p>Last week, people all over St. Louis – and all over the Midwest and East Coast, probably – celebrated the official start of spring. They celebrated because the winter has been unusually long and cold and, somehow, darker than usual. And they celebrated with a tinge of worry that the brutal winter could give way to an equally brutal, hot summer.</p><p>If&nbsp;that does happen, be prepared for a lot of talk about climate change.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:42:50 +0000 Shula Neuman 34631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Spring Fling Are You Ready? What You Need To Know Before March 31 ACA Enrollment Deadline http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-you-ready-what-you-need-know-march-31-aca-enrollment-deadline <p>The first open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31, and individuals who don’t have insurance by that deadline could face penalties.</p><p>Joining us to discuss enrollment, the deadline, and those penalties were three guests who are experts on what the Affordable Care Act provisions mean for Missourians:</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:35:29 +0000 Camille Phillips 34369 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are You Ready? What You Need To Know Before March 31 ACA Enrollment Deadline Sebelius Puts A Price And Face On Health Insurance Coverage In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sebelius-puts-price-and-face-health-insurance-coverage-missouri <p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to put a price tag and a face on the government’s health reform push in Missouri when she visited the Grace Hill Water Tower Health Center on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>The price tag: $5 million a day. That’s how much she says Missouri is losing by refusing to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The face: a local resident who praised the law for the help it is providing his family while he attends law school.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:59:26 +0000 Robert Joiner & Jason Rosenbaum 33390 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sebelius Puts A Price And Face On Health Insurance Coverage In Missouri Update: Month One Of Health Coverage Under The Affordable Care Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/update-month-one-health-coverage-under-affordable-care-act <p>As of January 1<sup>st</sup>, the first Americans enrolled in health insurance via the Affordable Care Act began receiving coverage.</p><p>According to Professor Sidney Watson of the Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center, a little more than 33,000 Missourians have signed up for plans through the federal Marketplace so far, leaving another 467,000 Missourians eligible to enroll. Almost 26,000 Missourians have enrolled in Medicaid.</p><p>“We think most of them are children,” Watson said. “Parents were going to the Marketplace and realizing their children were eligible.” &nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:09:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 33067 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Update: Month One Of Health Coverage Under The Affordable Care Act Health Reform Law Threatens Care For AIDS Patients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-reform-law-threatens-care-aids-patients <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The centerpiece of the federal government’s war against HIV/AIDS bears the name Ryan White. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Robert Joiner 32941 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health Reform Law Threatens Care For AIDS Patients With Health Insurance Deadline Looming, St. Louis Sign-Ups On The Rise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-looming-st-louis-sign-ups-rise <p>UPDATE: 12-27-13</p><p>Even if you missed the Christmas Eve deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you may still be able to have your coverage kick in on Jan. 1.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:28:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Brent Jones 32459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Health Insurance Deadline Looming, St. Louis Sign-Ups On The Rise