health insurance http://kcur.org en Missouri Lets Insurers Renew Canceled Health Policies http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lets-insurers-renew-canceled-health-policies <p>Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been&nbsp;canceled&nbsp;under the terms of the new federal health care law.</p><p>Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn't meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:43:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47245 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What's The Longest You've Been Without Health Insurance? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-whats-longest-youve-been-without-health-insurance <p>As part of KCUR’s ongoing reporting on health care in the Kansas City area, we wanted to know more about your experiences with gaps in health insurance.</p><p>W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e reached out on social media and on the air, asking Kansas Citians about their longest breaks from insurance. <a href="https://twitter.com/@kcur">On Twitter</a>, we asked people to tell us through the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tellkcur">#TellKCUR</a> hashtag. </span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:03:25 +0000 Alyson Raletz 47196 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What's The Longest You've Been Without Health Insurance? Sandy Praeger Declines Invitation To Meet With President Obama About ACA http://kcur.org/post/sandy-praeger-declines-invitation-meet-president-obama-about-aca <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and two members met Wednesday with President Obama to discuss the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:33:07 +0000 Jim McLean - KHI News 47157 at http://kcur.org Few In Kansas And Missouri Have Bought Insurance On The Exchange http://kcur.org/post/few-kansas-and-missouri-have-bought-insurance-exchange <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the first official tally of how many Americans signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges during their first month of operation.</p><p>Enough Kansans have purchased a plan through <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">the website</a>, to fill an entire Kansas town—specifically, the town of Hartford, population 371. That figure led Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts to declare the health law a failure.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:01:46 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46820 at http://kcur.org Study: Predictions Of Health Care 'Rate Shock' Are Unfounded http://kcur.org/post/study-predictions-health-care-rate-shock-are-unfounded <p>A <a href="http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR189.html" target="_blank">new study from a non-profit research group</a> says predictions of huge premium increases when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in January are unfounded.&nbsp;</p><p>Kansas is one of 10 states the Rand Corporation studied in detail. The study predicts that by 2016, only 6.6 percent of Kansans too young for Medicare will be uninsured. Without the new law, that figure would be more than 14 percent.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 42846 at http://kcur.org Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange http://kcur.org/post/kansas-gears-health-insurance-exchange <p>In a little less than two months, Kansans will be able to begin shopping for individual health insurance plans through the new, online marketplace called the exchange. Most of the plans will be sold by three companies.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.ksinsurance.org/">Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger</a>, they'll be the same three companies that provide the bulk of health insurance in Kansas now: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and Coventry.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:14:31 +0000 Bryan Thompson 41682 at http://kcur.org Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance http://kcur.org/post/how-obamacare-might-change-your-private-health-insurance <p>After the passing of the Affordable Care Act, confusion about the future of health insurance in our country has become the norm. But as the legislation comes into play in the next year, everyone from private health insurance companies to employers providing health care to their employees need to be well versed on the upcoming changes.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:47:48 +0000 Elana Gordon, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35678 at http://kcur.org How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance Transportation Officials Look At Health Insurance http://kcur.org/post/transportation-officials-look-health-insurance <p>A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:00:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27622 at http://kcur.org The Health Insurance Industry: Empty Promises And Propaganda http://kcur.org/post/health-insurance-industry-empty-promises-and-propaganda <p><strong>Wendell Potter</strong>, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that <strong>health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping</strong>, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and <strong>skew political debate</strong> with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:08:03 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 10561 at http://kcur.org The Health Insurance Industry: Empty Promises And Propaganda Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-december-6-2011 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p>Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk<br /> The New Sound Of The KCPD<br /> Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders<br /> Kansas Lags in Covering Kids</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 12:38:47 +0000 Maria Carter 520 at http://kcur.org Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Kansas Starts Developing Insurance Exchange http://kcur.org/post/kansas-starts-developing-insurance-exchange <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4ecc5fc-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4ecc5fc-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4ecc5fc-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-948483.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas Department of Insurance is holding its first public meeting today to start developing a state health insurance exchange. Under the federal health law, state exchanges are designed as places where people can shop for government-certified health insurance. The programs are scheduled to begin in 2014, but Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says how exactly these exchanges will work - and their success - depends a lot on what states do to prepare for them right now.</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:18:17 +0000 Elana Gordon 7502 at http://kcur.org Kansas Starts Developing Insurance Exchange Missouri Lowers Premiums For Pre-existing Condition Pool http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lowers-premiums-pre-existing-condition-pool <p>Kansas City, MO – Missouri's high risk insurance program, established under the federal health law, is dropping premiums by as much as twenty five percent.</p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:05:14 +0000 Elana Gordon 7466 at http://kcur.org Missouri Lowers Premiums For Pre-existing Condition Pool Missouri House OKs Measure Challenging Health Law http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-oks-measure-challenging-health-law <p>Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:49:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7448 at http://kcur.org Tax Credits Spur Health Coverage For Area Small Businesses http://kcur.org/post/tax-credits-spur-health-coverage-area-small-businesses <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4ec35dc-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4ec35dc-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4ec35dc-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-944858.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Salina, KS – Most of the new health care law takes effect in 2014, but parts of it are in effect now. One such part is designed to make coverage available to a group of people who are among the most likely to be uninsured employees of small businesses.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:47:20 +0000 7440 at http://kcur.org Kansas Could Help Develop Health Insurance Exchanges http://kcur.org/post/kansas-could-help-develop-health-insurance-exchanges <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4ebb0ba-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4ebb0ba-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4ebb0ba-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-940319.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Topeka, KS – Kansas could be one of the states that helps develop health insurance exchanges, part of the federal health reform law. The exchanges will be pools of insurance options that Kansans will be able to choose from. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, the federal government will be making grants available to states to develop test systems.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:17:29 +0000 7370 at http://kcur.org With Insurance Exchanges, Who Needs Agents? http://kcur.org/post/insurance-exchanges-who-needs-agents <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4eb976d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4eb976d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4eb976d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-937996.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Topkea, KS – Insurance agents serve as a link between consumers and insurance companies. Some agents are worried that their role may disappear when the nation's new health care law takes full effect in 2014. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:24:12 +0000 7328 at http://kcur.org New Pre-Existing Condition Program Gets Slim Response http://kcur.org/post/new-pre-existing-condition-program-gets-slim-response <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d24b77ecd64-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d24b77ecd64-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d24b77ecd64-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-926738.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – High risk insurance pools are designed to cover people with preexisting health conditions who can't get coverage. Missouri recently launched a new pool, subsidized under the recently passed federal health law. The program could apply to upwards of 150,000 residents. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, not many are signing up so far.</p> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 05:50:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 7112 at http://kcur.org New Pre-Existing Condition Program Gets Slim Response Local Businesses Brace for Health Care Changes http://kcur.org/post/local-businesses-brace-health-care-changes <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4eb6eb8-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4eb6eb8-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4eb6eb8-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-924099.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – An onset of new federal regulations and incentives has area businesses preparing for possible changes to their health plans. Small business owners convened at the Liberty Memorial yesterday, to learn more about how provisions in the new health law will affect their businesses and their workers.</p> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:25:51 +0000 Elana Gordon 7062 at http://kcur.org Local Businesses Brace for Health Care Changes New Health Plan for Missouri Workers Upsets Union Leaders http://kcur.org/post/new-health-plan-missouri-workers-upsets-union-leaders <p>Jefferson City, MO – Union leaders in Missouri are not happy with a new health insurance plan for state employees. It replaces the current co-pay system with one that requires state workers to pay deductibles.</p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:30:03 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7004 at http://kcur.org New High Risk Insurance Pool Opens Today In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/new-high-risk-insurance-pool-opens-today-missouri <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4eb1c92-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4eb1c92-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4eb1c92-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-912985.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The federal government gave final approval yesterday to Missouri's <a href="http://www.mhip.org">new high risk insurance pool</a>. The decision means a new coverage option is now available for Missourians with pre-existing conditions.</p> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 15:58:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 6834 at http://kcur.org Kansas' New High Risk Insurance Pool To Be Limited http://kcur.org/post/kansas-new-high-risk-insurance-pool-be-limited <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d27f4eadd19-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d27f4eadd19-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d27f4eadd19-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-910660.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – For the many people who have pre-existing conditions and struggle to get health coverage, some relief is supposed to come today. July 1st marks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' start-date for new high risk insurance pools. But in Kansas, like many other states (including Missouri), the pool isn't ready yet. And once it is up and running, it's still going to be quite limited.</p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 22:09:37 +0000 Elana Gordon 6775 at http://kcur.org Kansas' New High Risk Insurance Pool To Be Limited