health exchange http://kcur.org en 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 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 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 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 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 Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love http://kcur.org/post/missouri-s-health-exchange-story-unrequited-love <p>For more than a year, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been courting states to take part in setting up and running a health insurance exchange. But Missouri, home of an enthusiastic governor and opposing legislature, keeps sending mixed messages. Now, with Friday’s deadline looming for states to commit to joining the feds in setting up an exchange, it appears as though HHS will be flying solo in the Show-Me state. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:24:38 +0000 Elana Gordon 32030 at http://kcur.org Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love Feds To Set Up Insurance Exchanges In Kansas And Missouri http://kcur.org/post/feds-set-insurance-exchanges-kansas-and-missouri <p>Neither Kansas nor Missouri will be involved in setting up a health exchange, according to announcements by both governors Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:37:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 27334 at http://kcur.org Feds To Set Up Insurance Exchanges In Kansas And Missouri Health Exchange At Heart Of Missouri’s Proposition E http://kcur.org/post/health-exchange-heart-missouri-s-proposition-e <p><a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">Proposition E</a> specifically asks voters:</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:58:38 +0000 Elana Gordon 26916 at http://kcur.org Health Exchange At Heart Of Missouri’s Proposition E Auditor Says No Cost, No Saving For Ballot Measures http://kcur.org/post/auditor-says-no-cost-no-saving-ballot-measures <p>Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won&rsquo;t cost or save the state any money, according the<a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/"> State Auditor&rsquo;s office</a>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:34:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 19628 at http://kcur.org Auditor Says No Cost, No Saving For Ballot Measures Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum http://kcur.org/post/coming-missouri-ballot-fall-another-health-care-referendum <p>This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President. But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law. It follows months of political tension over a key component.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:16:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 19090 at http://kcur.org Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum Board Suspends All Health Exchange Activity http://kcur.org/post/board-suspends-all-health-exchange-activity <p>The use of about $27 million in federal funds to help create a health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt.&nbsp; Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:55:06 +0000 Elana Gordon 11486 at http://kcur.org Board Suspends All Health Exchange Activity Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-january-11-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> * Bill Seeks To Block Governor’s Authority In Health Exchange<br /> * Children’s Mercy Sells HMO<br /> * Democrats Aim To Increase School Funding</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:38:07 +0000 Maria Carter 10598 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 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