A nation debates: the federal health care law

The latest coverage related to the debate over the federal health care law - both in the US Supreme Court and how it touches the St. Louis region.

Pages

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

St. Charles County voters could face two anti-smoking ballot measures

St. Charles County voters could face not one but two ballot measures in November that would restrict smoking.

Read more
Health Care
5:43 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on Aug. 28.

Read more
Healthcare Exchange
6:07 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Nixon signs bill to protect seniors, not ready to commit on health care exchanges

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a ceremonial bill signing in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 11.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats.

Today, Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written.

As for the idea of health care exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

Read more
Federal Health Care Law
3:23 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

House votes to repeal health care law

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:04 pm

With a vote of 244 to 185, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic legislation known colloquially as "Obamacare."

Of course, the vote doesn't matter, because the measure has a very slim chance of being adopted by the Senate.

The AP reports that this is the "33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has tried to scrap, defund or scale back the law since grabbing the majority."

The AP adds:

Read more
Health Care
10:33 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kinder, GOP lawmakers challenge Mo. health care ballot summary

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) holds a press conference at Jefferson City Memorial Airport on his lawsuit against Sec. of State Robin Carnahan (D) regarding the language used for a ballot initiative on health care exchanges.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and GOP legislative leaders have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.

The language approved by Carnahan asks if the law should be amended to, “deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum.”  Kinder says the language skews the ballot question’s true purpose, to bar the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

Read more
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.

Read more
Health Care
3:58 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo. House leader Tilley rejects call for special session on Medicaid expansion

Mo. House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville).
File photo

House Speaker Steven Tilley says there is no need for a special session to decide whether Missouri should opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

Read more
Claire McCaskill / Health Care
6:10 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

McCaskill hails Supreme Court health care ruling

US Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. outside the St. Charles Coordinated Campaign office on July 5, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

US Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time in the St. Louis area on the Supreme Court's health care ruling

The Missouri Democrat told supporters today at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be a burden to seniors.

Read more
Health Care
5:48 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kinder announces plans to challenge Mo. health care ballot language

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Elana Gordon of KCUR reported for this story.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

Read more
Health Insurance Rebates
4:58 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Check your mailbox: Health insurance rebates are on the way

UPDATED on Friday, July 6, 2012, to add a correction from Anthem's Deborah Wiethop.

Some 588,000 Missourians will get money back from their health insurance companies this month.

The federal healthcare law requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care and quality improvement. The rest can go to administrative costs, marketing and profits.

Read more

Pages