Affordable Care Act http://kcur.org en Brownback Urged To Veto Health Compact Bill http://kcur.org/post/brownback-urged-veto-health-compact-bill <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);">Gov. Sam Brownback would be taking a political risk by signing a bill that could eventually give state officials control of Medicare and other federal health care programs, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:23:06 +0000 Jim McLean 54258 at http://kcur.org After ACA Deadline, Still No Break For Kansas City Health Navigators http://kcur.org/post/after-aca-deadline-still-no-break-kansas-city-health-navigators <p>The deadline for open enrollment in Affordable Care Act insurance has passed, but enrollment helpers in the Kansas City area won’t get a vacation just yet.</p><p>During Monday’s website problems, insurance navigators and counselors were asking enrollees to come back – either later in the week or next week – after the enrollment deadline.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:58:07 +0000 Alex Smith 53578 at http://kcur.org What The Affordable Care Act Means For Kansas City Artists http://kcur.org/post/what-affordable-care-act-means-kansas-city-artists <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage under the </span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform" style="line-height: 1.5;">Affordable Care Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was March 31</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. By law, all U.S. citizens must have some form of insurance or face a tax penalty for the year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But does the law help people, like artists, who have been &nbsp;unable or unwilling to buy health insurance in previous markets?</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:00:01 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 53449 at http://kcur.org ACA Final Enrollment Glitches Don't Faze Kansas City Navigators http://kcur.org/post/aca-final-enrollment-glitches-dont-faze-kansas-city-navigators <p>The healthcare.gov website was stalled for several hours in the final day of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance.</p><p>But with the deadline extended for many, those involved in enrollment in Kansas City, Kan., shrugged off the glitches.</p><p>Enroll Wyandotte at the Wyandotte County Health Department signed up 30 to 40 people for insurance in the past week, compared to a slow trickle in the first few months of the year.</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says that the nationwide crush of visitors and a software bug caused website problems Monday.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:59:09 +0000 Alex Smith 53477 at http://kcur.org ACA Final Enrollment Glitches Don't Faze Kansas City Navigators KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger http://kcur.org/post/kc-checkup-five-questions-sandy-praeger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act has put Sandy </span>Praeger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at odds with most of her fellow Republicans in Topeka, Kan.</span></p><p>The Kansas Commissioner of Insurance shared the frustration many had over the health exchange website problems, and she’s voiced concern over how shifting rules and delays impact the insurance industry.</p><p>But Praeger has remained a supporter of federal health reform, a proponent of Medicaid expansion, and a critic of Gov. Sam Brownback’s approach to health policy.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Smith 53170 at http://kcur.org KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger Kansas House Passes Bill To Join Effort To Take Control Of ACA Money http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-passes-bill-join-effort-take-control-aca-money <p>The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to wrest control of health care programs from the federal government.</p><p>The Interstate Health Care Compact is in large part a reaction to the Affordable Care Act. The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Rep. Brett Hildabrand.</p><p>“Many of our constituents are looking for any way possible to get out from under the Affordable Care Act, and this is one method for doing that," said Hildabrand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:47:01 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53159 at http://kcur.org Opponents Speak Against Kansas Bill To Restrict Healthcare Navigators http://kcur.org/post/opponents-speak-against-kansas-bill-restrict-healthcare-navigators <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);">Opponents of a bill creating new restrictions for Obamacare navigators showed up in force today for a hearing on the bill in a House committee.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:50:57 +0000 Jim McLean & Dave Ranney 52929 at http://kcur.org U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill On Sexual Assault In The Military, Affordable Care Act http://kcur.org/post/us-sen-claire-mccaskill-sexual-assault-military-affordable-care-act <p>Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill visits Kansas City on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her 'McCaskill&nbsp;on Main Street' tour. &nbsp;</p><p>She’s fresh off a big legislative win in the Senate where her version of a bill dealing with sexual assault in the military won out over a competing measure.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's&nbsp;<em>Up to Date</em>, Steve Kraske talks with Sen. McCaskill about sexual assault in the military and her opinions on progress made as part of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:31:17 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 52896 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Consumers, Advocates Rushing Toward Health Reform Deadline http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-consumers-advocates-rushing-toward-health-reform-deadline <p>As an uninsured agriculture worker, Salvador Lopez said he’d welcome health coverage so he could afford diabetes medication.</p><p>Health insurance would also help his wife, said the Excelsior Springs, Mo., resident. Not feeling well on Saturday, she actually had her blood pressure checked at the health fair the couple attended with their two daughters in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>But organizers said the main point of the two-day fair was to enroll people for health insurance through the new marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:47:59 +0000 Mike Sherry 52552 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Consumers, Advocates Rushing Toward Health Reform Deadline Health Exchange Enrollment Slowing In Kansas, Missouri http://kcur.org/post/health-exchange-enrollment-slowing-kansas-missouri <p>Federal health exchange in enrollment is slowing, according to data released Tuesday.</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 29,309 in Kansas and 74,469 in Missouri selected insurance plans by the end of February. That is up 31 percent in Kansas and 38 percent in Missouri from the previous report, a slow-down compared with an increase of about 60 percent in both states during January.</p><p>In a conference call, Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services brushed aside concerns about slowing momentum.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:05:09 +0000 Alex Smith 52492 at http://kcur.org Kansas Will Allow Extension Of Non-ACA-Compliant Insurance http://kcur.org/post/kansas-will-allow-extension-non-aca-compliant-insurance <p>Kansas insurers will be allowed to renew for an additional year health insurance policies that do not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.</p><p>The Kansas Insurance Department announced Thursday that it would accept the Obama administration’s offer for states to extend policies that do not comply with new federal health insurance requirements.</p><p>The offer came as part of new Affordable Care Act regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:45:23 +0000 Alex Smith 52254 at http://kcur.org Healthcare Foundation Announces Efforts To Enroll More In Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/healthcare-foundation-announces-efforts-enroll-more-obamacare <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Kansas City Monday morning, drumming up interest in Obamacare.</p><p>In the first segment of Monday's <i>Up to Date,&nbsp;</i>Steve&nbsp;Kraske talks with the head of Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City about insurance available through the Affordable Care Act and ongoing efforts to connect people to it.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Dr. Bridget&nbsp;McCandless</strong>, president and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City</li></ul> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:19:48 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 50717 at http://kcur.org Sebelius Pushes Health Exchanges, Medicaid Expansion In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/sebelius-pushes-health-exchanges-medicaid-expansion-kansas-city <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius&nbsp;urged the uninsured to enroll on the federal health exchange at a press conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday.</p><p>At the Full Employment Council near 18<sup>th</sup> and Vine streets, Sebelius touted the benefits of the health exchange for both the uninsured and for the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:09:27 +0000 Alex Smith 50706 at http://kcur.org Sebelius Pushes Health Exchanges, Medicaid Expansion In Kansas City Kansas City Physicians Take The Accountable Care Approach http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-physicians-take-accountable-care-approach <p>Changes to insurance have been getting all the headlines, but the Affordable Care Act aims to change the way doctors operate as well.</p><p>The federal law offers incentives for health providers to work together to keep Medicare patients healthy in hopes of saving money. Whether this approach can actually create savings is still unclear, and many doctors remain skeptical. But in Kansas City, a few doctors are teaming up.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:39:17 +0000 Alex Smith 49712 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Physicians Take The Accountable Care Approach Moran Worries ACA Will Cut Care In Rural Kansas http://kcur.org/post/moran-worries-aca-will-cut-care-rural-kansas <p>Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran says his biggest worry about the Affordable Care Act&nbsp;is that it may ultimately lead to medical care being less available in rural communities.</p><p>Moran made the comment during a town hall meeting Thursday in Salina.</p><p>Moran was responding to a question about the requirement that women’s reproductive services, including contraceptives, be included in all health insurance plans sold on the exchanges.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:28:49 +0000 Bryan Thompson 49570 at http://kcur.org HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Talks Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-talks-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a phone conversation on Thursday afternoon, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discussed some of the current issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Sebelius has faced criticism over the health exchange rollout, canceled insurance policies and abortion coverage. Some of her strongest critics hail from Kansas, the state where Sebelius twice served as governor.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:23:23 +0000 Alex Smith 48654 at http://kcur.org Obamacare Enrollment Slow In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-slow-kansas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To date, about 4000 people in Missouri, and nearly 2000 in Kansas have completed enrollment and selected a healthcare plan through healthcare.gov.</span></p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported the numbers Wednesday. Overall, about 365,000 Americans had picked a health insurance plan through the federal website as of Nov. 30.</p><p>There was a rocky rollout in October. But, site access has reportedly improved and enrollments have &nbsp;increased.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:58:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 48218 at http://kcur.org Obamacare Rates And Subsidies Vary Widely Within Missouri http://kcur.org/post/obamacare-rates-and-subsidies-vary-widely-within-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that healthcare.gov has undergone some major tweaks, supporters of the Affordable Care Act hope that a lot more people will go online and compare insurance rates. But what might surprise shoppers is how rates and subsidies vary depending on their address.</span></p><p>In Missouri, insurance buyers in different parts of the Show-Me State are seeing some of the most extreme cost differences in the country.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:46:34 +0000 Alex Smith 47793 at http://kcur.org Obamacare Rates And Subsidies Vary Widely Within Missouri 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 Kansas Seniors Warned About Medicare Scams http://kcur.org/post/kansas-seniors-warned-about-medicare-scams <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #333333;">The open enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans got underway Monday.&nbsp; The Kansas Insurance Department says people need to be alert for potential scams. </span></p><p>The concern is heightened this year because the Medicare signup period coincides with the opening of the insurance exchanges under the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/">Affordable Care Act</a> or Obamacare.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:47:11 +0000 Bryan Thompson 45424 at http://kcur.org Kansas Seniors Warned About Medicare Scams Obamacare Sign-up Starts, But Questions Linger http://kcur.org/post/obamacare-sign-starts-questions-linger <p>The wait for one of the biggest pieces of Obamacare is over. Starting Tuesday, Americans who don&#39;t have access to affordable health insurance through their employers can shop for coverage in new online marketplaces, also known as exchanges. The Kansas Insurance Department has been holding meetings across the state to answer questions about the exchange.</p><p>Linda Sheppard is the Kansas Insurance Department&rsquo;s Director of Health Care Policy. She says the state is ready as it can be.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:29:05 +0000 Bryan Thompson 44489 at http://kcur.org Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces http://kcur.org/post/answering-questions-kan-and-mos-new-health-insurance-marketplaces <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act politically, you might be wondering what your health insurance options will be under this new law, particularly if you don&#39;t get insurance from your employer.</span></p><p>Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and<strong> </strong>Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:16:35 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 44272 at http://kcur.org Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces Kansas Voter Registration, Health Marketplaces, Radkey http://kcur.org/post/kansas-voter-registration-health-marketplaces-radkey <p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/21000-potential-kansas-voters-limbo">21,000 Voter Registrations Stalled In Kansas</a></p><p>More than 20,000 people in Kansas have their voter registrations on hold, which means their vote won&#39;t count until the situation is resolved. About 80 percent of these stalled registrations happened at driver&rsquo;s license offices and stem from a new law requiring people to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:50:13 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan, Alex Smith & Susan B. Wilson 44251 at http://kcur.org Kansas Voter Registration, Health Marketplaces, Radkey Health Marketplaces Open Soon, But Supporters In Mo. Face Hurdles http://kcur.org/post/health-marketplaces-open-soon-supporters-mo-face-hurdles <p>In recent weeks, states like Colorado, California and Oregon have been hit hard by advertising campaigns designed to let people know about their state-created health marketplaces. State health marketplaces are a central part of the Affordable Care Act, but information about Missouri&rsquo;s health marketplace has been hard to find. And that&rsquo;s not just because the state decided not to set one up.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:42:15 +0000 Alex Smith 44183 at http://kcur.org Health Marketplaces Open Soon, But Supporters In Mo. Face Hurdles Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All http://kcur.org/post/top-us-health-official-says-insurance-marketplace-will-help-many-not-all <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right)." data-attribution="Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/IMG_4756.JPG" alt="" /><p>U.S. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:39:15 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 43956 at http://kcur.org Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All Blunt To Business: Invest In Science, Medicine http://kcur.org/post/blunt-business-invest-science-medicine <p></p><p>Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says advances in medical and food science are going to be among the great challenges of the next two decades.</p><p></p><p>The state’s junior Senator &nbsp;drew parallels as he spoke to the greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in an address billed as “economic.”</p><p>The Republican Senator said medical advances go hand in hand with the agricultural economy, as the world’s food needs will double by 2050.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:48:52 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43242 at http://kcur.org Blunt To Business: Invest In Science, Medicine 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 Rural Residents Stand To Benefit More From Affordable Care Act http://kcur.org/post/rural-residents-stand-benefit-more-affordable-care-act <p>A new <a href="http://files.cfra.org/pdf/ACA-subsidies.pdf" target="_blank">report by the Center for Rural Affairs</a> finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act more than their&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">city-dwelling counterparts.</span></p><p>The report’s author, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:29:42 +0000 Bryan Thompson 42387 at http://kcur.org Mo. State Rep. Going To Court To Opt Out Of ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Coverage http://kcur.org/post/mo-state-rep-going-court-opt-out-abortion-inducing-drugs-coverage <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/MemberPhoto.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Missouri state representative is aimed at changing a mandate from the U.S. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:28:48 +0000 Tim Lloyd 42013 at http://kcur.org Mo. State Rep. Going To Court To Opt Out Of ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Coverage 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