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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Federal Health Care Law
1:37 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Visualize this: a health care ruling word tree

A screen capture from an interactive word tree of today's Supreme Court heath care law decision. Explore the word tree yourself below.
(Visualization: courtesy Matt Stiles)

For a different look at today's health care ruling, check out this fun word visualization. It's an interactive word tree put together by Matt Stiles and posted on his blog, The Daily Viz.

(Matt also happens to be Data Editor of News Apps at NPR).

Try out the tool below with your own phrases, maybe "health" or "cost" or "tax" - you decide.

Federal Health Care Law
11:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court's health care decision: what does it mean for the St. Louis region?

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(via Flickr/Phil Roeder)

Will be updated.

Updated 5:06 p.m. with more information.

As we reported this morning, the Supreme Court has held that the federal healthcare law is constitutional.

That includes the individual mandate that requires almost all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014.

The Court called the penalty that someone must pay for refusing to buy insurance a kind of tax that the Congress can impose under the Constitution.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Some will turn to the online marketplaces known as health insurance exchanges to fulfill the mandate.

The director of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, Ryan Barker, says Missouri is one of a couple dozen states that have resisted setting up a state health insurance exchange.

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Developing: Federal Health Care Law
11:10 am
Thu June 28, 2012

President Obama addresses the nation: Supreme Court rules on health care

This was a post from an earlier event. Thank you for joining us here.

For more on the Supreme Court's decision about the federal health care law, see our full coverage here.

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President Obama is expected to address the nation shortly regarding the US Supreme Court's decision on the federal health care law, handed down this morning.

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Developing: Federal Health Care Law
9:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:39 am

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

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