Affordable Care Act
3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Rate Review Laws Could Reduce Health Insurance Costs, Consumer Group Says

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On Monday, Missourians had their first glimpse at the health insurance rates they can choose from on the federal exchange. According to some, that shouldn't have been the first time the information was public.

Missouri is one of only a few states that does not have a state entity tasked with reviewing health insurance rates before they are finalized. Consumer groups say that means Missourians might be paying more for health insurance on the federal exchange than they should be. 

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Missouri Health Insurance Exchange
1:30 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mo. Senate committee holds public hearing on insurance exchanges


A Senate committee was hearing from Missouri residents today about health insurance exchanges.

Every state is required by the year 2014 to set up an online exchange where customers can buy health coverage.  States that fail to do so will have one created for them by the federal government, as part of the Affordable Care Act.

State Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis city is a member of the committee.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivering the annual State of the State Address on January 19, 2011. Missouri lawmakers are meeting September 14, 2011 to consider overriding vetoes by Nixon.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. lawmakers meeting to discuss Nixon veto override

Missouri lawmakers are convening today in an annual session to consider overriding vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon vetoed 14 bills approved during this year's regular session.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mo. business groups are teaming up with labor unions to tout a package of tax incentives to be considered during a special legislative session.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. businesses team up with labor unions to tout tax incentive package

The AFL-CIO has joined with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several local chamber affiliates to push for passage of wide-ranging legislation during a special session set to begin Sept. 6.

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Joplin Tornado
1:31 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Insurance payout from Joplin tornado to be largest in Mo. history

The scene in Joplin, Mo. following the May 22 tornado that swept through the area. Insurance claims from the disaster are expected to set a state record.
(via Flickr/Meagan)

Missouri officials say the insurance payout from the May 22 Joplin tornado will be the largest payout in the state's history.

The Missouri Department of Insurance says it expects the claims to eventually total between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

The department says as of June 30, insurance companies had paid more than $509 million in tornado claims.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, July 1, 2011

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

Obama issues federal emergency declaration

President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for Missouri because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast. Gov. Jay Nixon says his request for the declaration was granted Thursday.

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