Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act
5:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Insurance Premiums In New Online Marketplace Will Vary By Place, Age

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A new report 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.

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.

But prices will vary depending on where in the state you live.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Senator Claire McCaskill Criticizes Pseudo-Filibuster

Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
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Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is criticizing Republican Senator Ted Cruz's marathon speech on the Affordable Care Act, saying he did it to promote himself.

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Federal Health Care Law
4:39 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kinder Blasts 'Obamacare' One Week Before Mo.'s Federal Health Exchange Opens

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) blasted President Obama's (D) Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

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Affordable Care Act
7:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right).
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.

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.

Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Going To Court To Opt Out Of ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Coverage

Official state photo of Mo. State Rep. Paul Wieland.
Credit Missouri State House of Representatives

 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Missouri state representative is aimed at changing a mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that he says violates his religious rights.

Paul Wieland, a Republican House member from Imperial, says he and his wife are no longer able to opt out of coverage for “abortion-inducing drugs” under a group health care plan provided for legislators.

He says that option has been removed because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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St. Louis on the Air
4:03 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Answering Questions About The Affordable Care Act

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Sign-up for major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, begins October 1st.

With less than three months before marketplace exchanges for health insurance go online, many questions remain about who is eligible, what the requirements are and what kind of penalties people and businesses may face if they or their employees continue to be uninsured come January 2014.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Roy Blunt Visits Mercy Hospital,Talks Healthcare

Senator Roy Blunt and Donn Sorensen of Mercy Hospital
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri visited Mercy Hospital in St. Louis Monday to speak with healthcare workers about the implications of federal healthcare changes. He also received a tour of the hospital's Telehealth Services, often used to serve rural communities that don't have access to specialty or intensive care. 

Mercy SafeWatch is an electronic Intensive Care Unit(e-ICU) that serves Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Blunt learned how Mercy is able to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for doctors that can't always be there in person.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Former Senior Advisor To Obama, David Axelrod Calls Out 'Snipers' For Not Implementing ACA

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David Axelrod, the former senior advisor to President Obama spoke at Webster University Friday, speaking on a variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act.

Axelrod was a key advisor to the president during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Axelrod used his time to take a swipe at states (like Missouri) doing their best to not implement parts of the law.

“There are still many snipers on rooftops trying to make it not work, in the form of Governors and Congressmen," Axelrod said. "But I think it’s important for the country that it succeeds.”

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HIV and AIDS
4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Uncertainty Abounds For Program 'Critical' To HIV, AIDS Care

Steve Houldsworth (in orange), a case worker with St. Louis Effort for AIDS, and his client Heath.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

As St. Louis Public Radio has reported before, the region is a tough place for sexual health.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Ill. Gov. Quinn: Group To Address Health Care Workforce

Bill Greenblatt UPI

Gov. Pat Quinn says he is taking steps to ensure Illinois has the workforce it needs to fill thousands of new health care jobs.

Quinn says the jobs will be created as Illinois implements the Affordable Care Act, which will expand health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people.

In a press release Saturday the governor says he's directed Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck to lead a Health Care Workforce Workgroup. The group will assess and plan for the jobs needed to serve a growing and increasingly aging and diverse population.

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