Medicaid expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-setbacks-bond-isnt-giving-medicaid-expansion-fight <p>Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond was <a href="http://mochamber.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/missouri-chamber-hires-kit-bond-to-assist-in-advocacy-of-medicaid-expansion/" target="_blank">tapped by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to get Medicaid expansion across the finish line.&nbsp;</a></p><p>He didn’t succeed. Despite the attempts of several Republicans in the House and Senate to pass some form of expansion this year, Bond told St. Louis Public Radio on Monday that “we were just a few filibustering senators short of getting it done.”</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:52:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite Setbacks, Bond Isn't Giving Up Medicaid Expansion Fight Legislature Sends FY2015 Budget To Gov. Nixon, Touts Education Spending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislature-sends-fy2015-budget-gov-nixon-touts-education-spending <p>House and Senate members have sent the remainder of the bills that make up Missouri's state budget to Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>The roughly $26.4 billion spending plan increases higher education spending by 5 percent and adds $114.8 million for K-12 schools, which House Republicans called "historic."</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 02:48:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35978 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislature Sends FY2015 Budget To Gov. Nixon, Touts Education Spending Medicaid Expansion Supporters Disrupt Missouri Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-supporters-disrupt-missouri-senate <p>Twenty-three people were arrested at the Missouri Capitol Tuesday following a protest supporting Medicaid expansion. The protesters began shouting slogans and singing songs from the public gallery above the State Senate floor during debate on an unrelated bill. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 02:33:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35909 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Medicaid Expansion Supporters Disrupt Missouri Senate Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-state-budget-negotiations-over-final-version-are-next <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday, after taking care of the first five bills on Monday. Those debates were routine for the most part, with the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education">Senate approving the budgets for K-12 schools and Higher Education</a>.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:18:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35709 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes State Budget, Negotiations Over Final Version Are Next Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-proposes-new-medicaid-expansion-program-catching-legislators-guard <p>In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.</p><p>The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:06:07 +0000 Jo Mannies 35675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard Commentary: Health And The Least Of Your Sisters And Brothers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-health-and-least-your-sisters-and-brothers <p>I realize that in many quarters there is a feeling that all federal spending, even for vital human services, must be cut. However, if we can put that aside for the moment and look at the reality of life in Missouri, I would offer these considerations.</p><p><em>“The poor you will always have with you and you can help them when you will.” Mark 14:7.</em></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:38:23 +0000 The Rev. Gerald Kleba 35607 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Health And The Least Of Your Sisters And Brothers Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-stalled-not-dead-missouri-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work on swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side. While it appears they have a long way to go, and the clock is ticking on the legislative session, some key advocates say they may be close to turning the tide, at least when it comes to a scaled-back expansion that would be paired with reforms.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:50:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Medicaid Expansion Stalled — But Not Dead — In Missouri Legislature Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-businesses-push-medicaid-expansion <p>Missouri’s business community is getting more vocal in pushing the state’s legislators to expand Medicaid.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Regional Chamber held a panel Friday with business leaders who expressed frustration that the state is not capturing federal dollars to provide Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, the state will pass up $2 billion dollars in federal funds.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:44:54 +0000 Maria Altman 34822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion 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