Medicaid expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-hospitals-fear-job-losses-service-cuts-without-medicaid-expansion <p><em><strong>(Updated 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 26)</strong></em></p><p>In the last six months alone, Missouri hospitals have eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs, imposed hiring freezes affecting another 2,145 positions and cut or delayed at least $50 million in building projects.</p><p>The blame is due, in part, to the General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:07:59 +0000 Jo Mannies 34733 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Hospitals Fear Job Losses, Service Cuts Without Medicaid Expansion Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-blocks-medicaid-expansion-sets-aside-6m-new-state-park-while-approving-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.&nbsp; Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill </span>Schupp, D-Creve<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Coeur.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:54:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34734 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-predicts-exodus-young-workers-unless-medicaid-expanded <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is trying a new pitch in his quest to persuade state legislators to expand the state's Medicaid program and accept the $2 billion a year in extra federal money that would go along with it.</p><p>Nixon told supporters Thursday night in St. Louis County that the state’s current Medicaid program is so stingy that it discourages people from working — and could drive entry-level workers to other states that are expanding Medicaid.</p><p>Missouri now bars Medicaid coverage for anyone who earns more than $2,217 a year — which boils down to $42.63 a week.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:40:11 +0000 Jo Mannies 34410 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Predicts Exodus Of Young Workers Unless Medicaid Is Expanded With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-limbo-some-lawmakers-see-promise-collaborating-critics <p>State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:40:16 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics Koster Calls On Democrats To Fight For Medicaid Expansion, Blasts GOP's 'Angry Stubbornness' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-calls-democrats-fight-medicaid-expansion-blasts-gops-angry-stubbornness <p>HANNIBAL, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster –&nbsp; now running for governor -- dove straight into the health-care debate Saturday when he attacked his former Republican colleagues for opposing Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>“The Affordable Care Act was a Republican idea, for goodness sakes,” Koster declared. “They’re just pissed that we stole it.”</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:07:21 +0000 Jo Mannies 34271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster Calls On Democrats To Fight For Medicaid Expansion, Blasts GOP's 'Angry Stubbornness' Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bond-pushes-medicaid-expansion-jefferson-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kitbondstrategies.com/team/kit-bond/">Former U.S. Sen.Kit Bond</a> paid a visit to Jefferson City Tuesday, hoping to persuade his fellow Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate to expand Medicaid coverage to more people.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:55:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33999 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City