health reform http://kcur.org en Health System Moves Into Metro Area With New Northland Clinics http://kcur.org/post/health-system-moves-metro-area-new-northland-clinics <p>A northwest Missouri health system has officially made its way into the Kansas City area market.<a href="http://www.heartland-health.com/body.cfm?id=11">&nbsp;</a></p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:34:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 20771 at http://kcur.org Health System Moves Into Metro Area With New Northland Clinics 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 Bill Aims to Limit Executive Authority in State Health Exchange http://kcur.org/post/bill-aims-limit-executive-authority-state-health-exchange <p>A State Senate committee heard testimony today on <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12Info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=43">legislation</a> designed to block Governor Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange.&nbsp; Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:11:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10566 at http://kcur.org HHS Denies Kansas' Waiver Request For New Insurance Rule http://kcur.org/post/hhs-denies-kansas-waiver-request-new-insurance-rule <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected a request from Kansas to gradually phase in one of the new requirements of the federal health care law.&nbsp; The decision means consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect to see lower premiums, expanded benefits, or even cash rebates. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:24:24 +0000 Bryan Thompson 10249 at http://kcur.org HHS Denies Kansas' Waiver Request For New Insurance Rule Health Exchange Efforts Stall in Missouri http://kcur.org/post/health-exchange-efforts-stall-missouri <p>As of last spring, Missouri was considered on track &ndash; ahead, even - in developing a state health insurance exchange. It&rsquo;s intended to be a centralized online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase health plans.&nbsp; Under the federal health law, exchanges are supposed to be up and running in each state by 2014.&nbsp; But politics appear to have put the brakes on efforts to set up one up in Missouri. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 03:03:30 +0000 Elana Gordon 9760 at http://kcur.org 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-53d17548b581b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d17548b581b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d17548b581b-"></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