health care http://kcur.org en KC Chamber To Tackle Health Issues http://kcur.org/post/kc-chamber-tackle-health-issues <p></p><p>The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is asking the public what its priorities should be as the first step in a new health initiative.</p><p>Healthy KC is a collaboration introduced Wednesday by the Chamber, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and local health leaders. The group will focus on improving health throughout the metro area.</p><p>“The message behind the new Healthy KC Commission is, ‘We’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,’” Chamber CEO Jim Heeter said in a statement Wednesday.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:24:19 +0000 Alex Smith 57964 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-how-prepare-long-term-care <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if we try to deny it, we can't escape getting older. Almost three-fourths of people who reach the age of 65 are going to need some kind of long-term care. So why is it that so few of us plan for those needs?</span></p><p>On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew talk about how to prepare finances for old age and the possibility of needing long-term care.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, they explore the poor health of the long-term care insurance industry.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47016 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today? http://kcur.org/post/what-it-means-be-hiv-positive-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:31:08 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 45331 at http://kcur.org What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today? The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-congressional-pay-healthcare <p></p><p>When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?</p><p>On Thursday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44575 at http://kcur.org The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research http://kcur.org/post/proposed-jackson-county-sales-tax-hike-would-boost-medical-research <p></p><p>Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.</p><p>If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.</p><p></p><p>Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:24:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41651 at http://kcur.org Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty http://kcur.org/post/kc-regional-health-assessment-finds-rising-rates-obesity-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The REACH Healthcare Foundation recently released the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment, that&nbsp;analyzes health data from the area from 2000 to 2011, and offers a forecast of what’s in the future for health in Kansas City.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:01:43 +0000 Alex Smith 40205 at http://kcur.org KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty Ford-UAW Test Could Affect KC Worker Health Care http://kcur.org/post/ford-uaw-test-could-affect-kc-worker-health-care <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers Union today rolled out a pilot health care program that might ultimately affect&nbsp; workers at the Kansas City</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Claycomo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Assembly Plant.</span></p><p>The program would help the chronically ill and was also expected to reduce health care costs.</p><p></p><p>Ford, the union and the union’s retiree health care trust revealed the program at the company’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:49:19 +0000 Dan Verbeck 39062 at http://kcur.org Ford-UAW Test Could Affect KC Worker Health Care Hacking To Innovate http://kcur.org/post/hacking-innovate <p>Most of the time, <strong>hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology</strong>. At <a href="http://hackovate.com/" target="_blank">Hackovate</a>, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are <strong>using their powers for good</strong>.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32517 at http://kcur.org Hacking To Innovate Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community http://kcur.org/post/study-shows-health-care-disparities-missouri-lgbt-community <p>If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:03:08 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Danie Alexander & Suzanne Hogan 23949 at http://kcur.org Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow? http://kcur.org/post/if-health-care-overhaul-goes-down-could-medicare-follow A growing number of health experts are warning of potential collateral damage if the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/27/149465820/transcript-supreme-court-the-health-care-law-and-the-individual-mandate">strikes down</a> the entire 2010 Affordable Care Act: potential chaos in the Medicare program.<p>"The Affordable Care Act has become part and parcel of the <a href="http://www.mmapinc.org/pdfs/ACA-Update-Implementing-Medicare-Costs-Savings.pdf">Medicare system</a>, encouraging providers to deliver better, more integrated, better coordinated care, at lower cost," says Judy Fede Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:32:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 16460 at http://kcur.org Seniors In Medicare 'Doughnut Hole' More Likely To Stop Heart Drugs http://kcur.org/post/seniors-medicare-doughnut-hole-more-likely-stop-heart-drugs Medicare patients who reach the annual gap in coverage for prescription drugs known as the "<a href="http://blog.medicare.gov/2010/08/09/what-is-the-donut%C2%A0hole/">doughnut hole</a>" are 57 percent more likely than those with continuous insurance coverage to stop taking drugs for heart-related conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease.<p>That's the result of a study by researchers from the Harvard Medical School, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and CVS Caremark, the drugstore chain. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:36:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 16122 at http://kcur.org Seniors In Medicare 'Doughnut Hole' More Likely To Stop Heart Drugs With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More http://kcur.org/post/cancer-care-us-spends-more-gets-more By now it's hardly news that the <a href="http://facts.kff.org/chart.aspx?ch=1952">U.S. spends more</a> than every other industrialized country on health care. But a <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/embargo?embargoed-uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.healthaffairs.org%2Fcontent%2F31%2F4%2F667.abstract">new study</a> suggests that at least when it comes to cancer care, Americans may actually be getting decent value.<p>The study, in April issue of the policy journal <a href="http://www.healthaffairs.org/">Health Affairs</a>, isn't the first to suggest that U.S. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:01:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 15698 at http://kcur.org With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care http://kcur.org/post/high-speed-health-what-google-fiber-could-mean-health-care <p>What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office? That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:37:53 +0000 Elana Gordon 11706 at http://kcur.org High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care Area Reps Vote On Health Law Repeal http://kcur.org/post/area-reps-vote-health-law-repeal <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri's fifth district representative Emanuel Cleaver says he doesn't think yesterday's passage of a bill to repeal the federal health care law poses a real threat, but he is concerned with GOP plans to try to defund the legislation. Across the state line, freshman representative Kevin Yoder says yesterday's vote marks an important step towards finding better ways to reduce health costs and improve quality.</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:01:22 +0000 Elana Gordon 7478 at http://kcur.org 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-53c2c8111188d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c8111188d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c8111188d-"></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 KS Will Continue Preparing For Health Care Law Changes http://kcur.org/post/ks-will-continue-preparing-health-care-law-changes <p>Topeka, KS – Officials in Kansas say they're going to continue preparing for the national health care law to take effect. A federal court in Virginia recently ruled against the law's insurance mandate.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:27:25 +0000 7365 at http://kcur.org KS Will Continue Preparing For Health Care Law Changes Missouri Governor Reacts To Health Care Ruling http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-reacts-health-care-ruling <p>Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional. Nixon responded to a question about the ruling during a press conference in Columbia later that day.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:24:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7362 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-53c2c8110896e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c8110896e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c8110896e-"></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-53c29d9480ba8-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c29d9480ba8-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c29d9480ba8-"></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 Telemedicine Gets Boost http://kcur.org/post/telemedicine-gets-boost <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2c54abaef0-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c54abaef0-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c54abaef0-"></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-922823.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 – Leaders of a new telemedicine initiative are hoping to expand the use of the technology in rural areas where doctors and other specialists are difficult to access.</p> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 15:15:58 +0000 Elana Gordon 7046 at http://kcur.org 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 Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Ballot Measure Dropped http://kcur.org/post/lawsuit-challenging-missouri-ballot-measure-dropped <p>Jefferson City, MO – The people who challenged a Missouri ballot measure on health care have decided not to appeal a judge's decision dismissing their lawsuit. The ballot initiative would bar governments from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing people for paying their own health bills. It would conflict with a requirement of a new federal law requiring health insurance.</p> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:59:40 +0000 KCUR 6855 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-53c2c81100422-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c81100422-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c81100422-"></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 Kinder Sues To Block Federal Health Care Law http://kcur.org/post/kinder-sues-block-federal-health-care-law <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2c810f1318-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c810f1318-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c810f1318-"></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-911615.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>Cape Girardeau, MO – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a personal legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul law today in Cape Girardeau. The suit is financed privately.</p> Wed, 07 Jul 2010 22:18:43 +0000 6802 at http://kcur.org Lawsuit Challenges Health Care Referendum http://kcur.org/post/lawsuit-challenges-health-care-referendum <p>Jefferson City, MO – A lawsuit has been filed in Jefferson City that's designed to stop the August 3rd referendum on Missouri's participation in the new national health care law. The referendum was approved by the Missouri House and Senate this year, and it states that citizens cannot be forced to buy health insurance against their will.</p> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:34:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6754 at http://kcur.org Disability, Mental Health Providers Deal With Reduced State Funds http://kcur.org/post/disability-mental-health-providers-deal-reduced-state-funds <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2c810ee4b5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2c810ee4b5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2c810ee4b5-"></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-909076.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 – Psychologists, in-home care providers for the disabled, and drug abuse counselors in Missouri are facing a two percent payment reduction from the state. Last week, Governor Jay Nixon announced the move as part of a response to declining revenues.</p> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:31:43 +0000 Elana Gordon 6753 at http://kcur.org Despite Health Overhaul, Obstacles Remain For Area Immigrants http://kcur.org/post/despite-health-overhaul-obstacles-remain-area-immigrants <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2af8c362d9-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2af8c362d9-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2af8c362d9-"></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-907238.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 – Some major changes are coming to the U.S. health care system. For one, the health care overhaul passed by congress this year is supposed to expand coverage. But for immigrants trying to access health care in Kansas City and around the country, big obstacles remain.</p> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:46:16 +0000 Elana Gordon 6722 at http://kcur.org It's Official: Autism Coverage To Be Mandated In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/its-official-autism-coverage-be-mandated-missouri <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2af8c29f91-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2af8c29f91-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2af8c29f91-"></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-907064.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>Springfield, Missouri – For families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, it's been a long time coming. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires insurance companies regulated by the state to provide coverage to children with autism. Jennifer Moore attended the bill-signing press conference in Springfield yesterday and has this report.</p> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:26:26 +0000 KCUR 6715 at http://kcur.org It's Official: Autism Coverage To Be Mandated In Missouri