Medicaid

Medicaid
6:42 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation holds the first in a series of meetings on Sept. 26, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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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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Govt. Efficiency
6:32 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Criticize Requirement That DSS Workers Must Also Provide Voter Registration Services

Mo. House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness & Efficiency meets at the State Capitol on Aug. 26, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has again come under the microscope of an interim legislative committee looking into whether state agencies are operating efficiently.

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Medicaid
6:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion

The Mo. Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform meets at the State Capitol on Aug. 14, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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Politics
12:14 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated July 23 9:01 a.m. with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky

Illinois is beginning to implement the Affordable Care Act.  The Governor signed a major component of it into law Monday.

Government backed health insurance is available to seniors; Medicare kicks in at age 65.

And Medicaid's available to low-income children, and their parents.

The new law will extend Medicaid to childless adults with incomes under $16,000.

State Senator Heather Steans, the Chicago Democrat who sponsored the legislation.

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Medicaid
2:55 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mo. House Speaker Announces Formation Of Two Committees On Medicaid

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) formally announces the formation of two interim committees on Medicaid on June 20th, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Thursday formally announced the creation of two interim committees that will look at ways to reform the state's Medicaid system.

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2013 Mo. Legislative Session
3:40 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Curtain Falls On Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session

Mo. House members celebrate the end of the 2013 session by tossing paper in the air, which has become an annual tradition.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri's legislative session has ended, with several issues resolved and several more that came up just short.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the final day, and at what happens now:

A few that didn't make it, and a few that did

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Missouri Medicaid
5:06 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Medicaid Director McCaslin Out Of A Job, Wouldn't Say Why

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

The director of Missouri's Medicaid health care program is out of a job.

Ian McCaslin confirmed to The Associated Press that as of Tuesday, he is no longer the director of the MoHealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services.

McCaslin declined to say whether he resigned or was dismissed by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

A Nixon spokesman had not responded Tuesday to questions about McCaslin's departure. A department spokeswoman also had no immediate response. 

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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

Credit flickr/Talk Radio News Service

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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Missouri State Budget/Medicaid
4:45 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House Rejects Senate Version Of State Budget, Defeats Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

Mo. House of Representatives
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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