Medicaid http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-cracks-down-medicaid-fraud <p>The Department of Justice is charging 14 people with Medicaid fraud in Illinois.</p><p>The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, said over the past few years, dozens of people have fleeced a Medicaid program that pays personal assistants to help disabled or sick Medicaid recipients live at home. The intention is to save the state money by keeping people in their homes and out of costly institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:26:14 +0000 Jess Jiang 36752 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud 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 Politically Speaking: Sen. Silvey Discusses His Vision For Medicaid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-sen-silvey-discusses-his-vision-medicaid <p>After cruising on the Rhine in Germany for the past couple of weeks, Jo Mannies rejoins Jason Rosenbaum and Chris McDaniel for the podcast.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:14:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies & Chris McDaniel 35341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: Sen. Silvey Discusses His Vision For Medicaid 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 Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/there-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner-house-not-rural-missouri <p><em>Part one of a three part series:</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He woke up in the middle of the night late last year, one hand swollen and the rest of his body was shaking all over.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:56:56 +0000 Robert Joiner 34331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri 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 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 Mo. Medicaid Fraud Unit Recovers $47 Million In 2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-medicaid-fraud-unit-recovers-47-million-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's&nbsp;Medicaid Fraud Unit.&nbsp;The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:23:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33042 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Medicaid Fraud Unit Recovers $47 Million In 2013