Medicaid

Health Care
2:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Missourians In Survey: State Responsible For Access To Health Care

Results from a new survey by the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Missouri Foundation for Health

Most Missourians support Medicaid expansion and believe the state government has a responsibility to ensure access to affordable health care, according to a new survey by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

What's particularly noteworthy about this survey is that a majority of the responders agreed this is a responsibility that must be met, even if it means raising taxes. 55 percent of responders say Missouri's state government must act to do so, while 34 percent say we can't afford it.

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Politically Speaking
3:54 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week's politics.

On today's episode: We discuss Representative Jo Ann Emerson's early departure, and who's on the short-list to replace her, where we stand on Medicaid expansion, and Senator Claire McCaskill's recent PR tour.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Medicaid expansion
6:52 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Social Service Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Expand Medicaid

(l-r) Alice Kliethermes and Cynthia Keele of NAMI Missouri testify before a Mo. House budget subcommittee on Dec. 4th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

People and groups who work with Medicaid clients urged Missouri lawmakers today to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.

Cynthia Keele from NAMI Missouri (National Alliance on Mental Illness) told a State House budget subcommittee that expanding Medicaid would help families dealing with medical debt.

“Missouri medical debt is responsible for about 40 percent of the bankruptcies in Missouri, and I know that because I’m a banker’s wife," Keele said.  "Those bankruptcies and medical debt kill jobs.”

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Politically Speaking
5:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon's Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about a few political issues.

 

On this week's episode: Nixon taking a stance on Medicaid expansion, Missouri Republican plans to cut taxes and St. Louis County's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

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Medicaid
10:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon: Medicaid Expansion 'The Right Thing To Do'

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in St. Louis on Nov. 29, 2012. Nixon announced that he supports an expansion of Medicaid.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 11:37 a.m. with reaction from Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill and at 12:01 p.m. with statements from community organizations and Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones. Updated 5:59 p.m. with additional reporting from St. Louis.


Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri is both "the smart thing" and "the right thing to do."


Nixon announced his support for the expansion Thursday, saying it could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians.

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Health Care
11:13 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Report: US Law Could Increase Mo. Medicaid Costs

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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Health insurance exchange
5:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Kinder Calls On Mo. Lawmakers To Not Create Health Insurance Exchange

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to not create a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year.

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Health Care
2:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

In-school health clinic opening at Roosevelt High

Mercy Hospital will run the clinic at Roosevelt High School.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Students at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis can now access medical care through an in-school health clinic.

The clinic is operated by Mercy Hospital and received funding through $500,000 grant from Boeing.

Crystal Gale is the Principal of Roosevelt High.  She says the facility will provide basic medical services for students, as well as the children of students.

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Morning round-up
6:38 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Patriot Coal files for bankruptcy protection

St. Louis-based Patriot Coal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Health Care
6:17 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Report: new federal health care law could cover two thirds of Mo. uninsured

A map detailing a county-level look at the percentage of Missourians who were uninsured and under age 65 in 2009. Click on the map to expand and learn more.
(Courtesy Missouri Foundation for Health)

A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri's more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law  - and the county-level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.

The analysis uses census data to project how the number of uninsured could change in every county in Missouri under the Affordable Care Act.

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