health insurance http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 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 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 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 Health Documents Deadline Extended For Some Illinois Retirees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-documents-deadline-extended-some-illinois-retirees <p>A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage. But as the federal shutdown drags on, the transcripts aren&#39;t being released by the IRS.</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:01:01 +0000 The Associated Press & Kate Essig 30525 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health Documents Deadline Extended For Some Illinois Retirees Confused About The New Online Health Insurance Marketplace? We Have Answers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/confused-about-new-online-health-insurance-marketplace-we-have-answers <p>Starting on October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It&rsquo;s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health&rsquo;s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers.</p><p><strong>How will Missourians access the new health insurance options?</strong></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 30227 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Confused About The New Online Health Insurance Marketplace? We Have Answers Insurance Premiums In New Online Marketplace Will Vary By Place, Age http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/insurance-premiums-new-online-marketplace-will-vary-place-age <p>A <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketplacePremiums/ib_marketplace_premiums.cfm">new report</a> released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds that average premiums in the new online health insurance marketplace opening Tuesday will be lower than expected in most states.</p><p>In Missouri, the average monthly insurance premium for a family of four making $50,000 a year will start at $72. That’s for the lowest level of coverage, after a tax credit.</p><p>But prices will vary depending on where in the state you live.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:38:38 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 30179 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Insurance Premiums In New Online Marketplace Will Vary By Place, Age Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/top-us-health-official-says-insurance-marketplace-will-help-many-not-all <p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.</p><p>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.</p><p>Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:08:56 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 30037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All Report States That 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidies In 2014 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-states-525000-missourians-will-be-eligible-health-insurance-subsidies-2014 <P>More than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible to receive government subsidies to purchase private health insurance, according to <A href="http://www.familiesusa.org/help-is-at-hand/missouri/">a report released Thursday </A>by the advocacy group <A href="http://www.familiesusa.org/">Families USA</A>.</P> <P>The subsidies, officially referred to as premium tax credits, will be issued by Missouri’s federal-run health exchange once it begins operating next year.&nbsp; Family USA’s Kathleen Stoll says the subsidies will be available both to those who don’t have health insurance, and those who Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:42:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25179 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report States That 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidies In 2014