health care

The Two-Way / Health Care
1:34 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Here's how to learn what the Supreme Court says about health care

The U.S. Supreme Court, which will be in the news on Thursday.
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Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:15 pm

The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.

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health care
12:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

If the federal health care overhaul passes, will Illinois be ready?

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An Illinois Democrat who has led work on implementing a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now says the state won't be ready to run its own insurance exchange by a Nov. 16 deadline.

Rep. Frank Mautino says Illinois must consider a new option - a state-federal partnership - to get its online insurance marketplace ready for its first year if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law this week.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Nixon says 'Washington Healthcare Law' not good for Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon

With the United States Supreme Court's decision on healthcare expected to come on Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon broke with his party on Monday over a key part of the legislation.

Speaking with reporters in St. Louis, Governor Nixon sounded more like a Republican when asked about the impending decision.

Referring to the Affordable Care Act as the “Washington Healthcare Law” Nixon spoke out against the key ingredient of President Obama’s signature legislation—the so-called individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance.

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Health care
3:34 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Coming to a Missouri ballot this fall: another health care referendum

A voter leaving a voting booth in Georgia in 2010. Missouri will hold its presidential primary tomorrow.
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A report from KCUR's Elana Gordon.

This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President.  But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law. 

It follows months of political tension over a key component.

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Illinois Health Care
4:54 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Illinois bill would require free care for low-income patients at hospitals

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Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free care to some low-income people under a bill passed by the Legislature and headed to the governor's desk.

Urban hospitals would have to provide free treatment to patients with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

That's about $46,000 for a family of four.

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Mo. 2012 legislative session
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Missouri legislative session heads into homestretch

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers continue debating bills in the closing minutes of the 2012 regular session.

Among the bills passed so far today is one that would require legislative approval before a health care exchange can be created in Missouri.  State Rep. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) accused Governor Jay Nixon (D) of trying last year to create an exchange via executive order.

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MO Statehouse
3:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House endorses health care legislation

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The Missouri House has approved legislation allowing health care providers to refuse to participate in some tasks that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

Wednesday's 117-37 vote sends the bill back to the Senate to consider changes made by the House.

The measure prohibits punishment of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to participate in contraception, abortions, embryonic stem cell research and certain other procedures or research.

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Illinois Legislature / Health Care
2:03 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois House panel targets retiree health care

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An Illinois House committee wants to take away a perk for government retirees who get a big break on health insurance.

State employees who work for 20 years pay no insurance premium in retirement. A measure to end that benefit cleared the  House Executive Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, without opposition Wednesday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees opposes the legislation.

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MO Statehouse
12:13 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Mo. House passes rebuke of fed. health care law

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has passed legislation that seeks to both bar and criminalize enforcement of the 2010 federal health care law.

If passed, the state of Missouri would not recognize the federal Affordable Care Act, and any federal official who tries to enforce it in Missouri would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.  Also, any person who is targeted by a federal official seeking to enforce the ACA would have the right to sue that official.  The sponsor, State Rep. Kurt Bahr (R, O’Fallon, Mo.), says the U.S. Constitution doesn’t give the federal government the right to force citizens to purchase anything.

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Morning Round-up
8:55 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a new budget recommendation by Governor Jay Nixon that would help avoid cuts to health benefits for the blind.
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Mo. Senator accuses state labor department of improperly manipulating wages with unions

A top Missouri Senate leader says the state labor department is improperly working with unions to manipulate wages paid on public works projects. The state calculates an annual "prevailing wage" for various construction trades in each county based on surveys of wages already paid on jobs.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, said Wednesday that state bureaucrats and labor unions had engaged in what he called "collusion.

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