Affordable Care Act

Health
8:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Kansas To Offer Sessions On Affordable Care Act

The Kansas Insurance Department is planning meetings to help educate people about the Affordable Care Act.

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Health
7:18 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Obamacare Still Means Changes For Medicaid

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate, or not.

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90-Mile View
6:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

90-Mile View: Dr. Gary Yarbrough

A rural doctor throughout his career, Gary Yarbrough of Parsons, Kansas represents a medical minority, that of solo practitioner.

Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Yarbrough  about the impact he, and other solo doctors, face from the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Hear the drastic change he made in light of the demands the Act places upon medical professionals.

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Health
8:21 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Medicare Summary Notices Redesigned To Fight Fraud

The Medicare Summary Notice senior citizens receive every month has been redesigned. The changes are meant to make it easier to spot fraudulent claims.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the federal government has devoted new resources to rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program. The notice beneficiaries receive each month to explain their claims is being upgraded to make it easier to spot claims for services they never received.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance

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.


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Health
6:57 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

A Review Of Medicaid In Missouri, Part 1: Eligibility Now And Under A Possible Expansion

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Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low income and disabled residents, is no small chunk of change in Missouri. It comprises a huge portion of the state’s budget (more on that in Part 2). It also covers a lot of people: about one in ten residents.

So, to expand or not to expand Medicaid?

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Health
4:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Uncertain In Missouri

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped at the Independence, Mo. Chamber of Commerce in February, to rally support for a Medicaid expansion.
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Last year’s Supreme Court ruling left a key part of the federal health law up to states to decide: whether to expand Medicaid. About half of states have said they’ll go along with an expansion. The rest are undecided or opposed. Leaders in Missouri are still divided on what to do. Missouri’s Governor supports an expansion but he faced one of his toughest crowds yet, when meeting with Senate leadership this week.

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Health
1:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
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Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s Question 1 on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure.

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Health
3:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Enrollment Ends For High Risk Insurance Program In Missouri

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Saturday marks the last chance for Missouri residents to enroll in the federal high risk insurance pool.

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Health
6:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love

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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.

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Health
11:38 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Area Businesses Challenge Federal Birth Control Mandate

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A federal court is scheduled today, to take up one Missouri business’ challenge to a recently enacted provision of the federal health law. The provision requires that most employee-health plans include no-cost coverage of contraceptives, but the rule has faced backlash from several businesses and lawmakers around the region.

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Health
5:24 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Looking For A Doc? Local Group Compiles Physician Data

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Kansas City will soon know more about the quality of primary care in the region.

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Health
1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

New Report Projects Costs, Enrollment Under Kansas Medicaid Expansion

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An optional Medicaid expansion in Kansas would result in about 75,000 previously uninsured residents gaining health coverage and cost the state about half a billion dollars in the first seven years.

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Health
1:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Missouri Governor Backs Medicaid Expansion

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to expand its Medicaid program, marking the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken as of yet on the state’s pending decision.

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Government
9:32 am
Thu November 29, 2012

McCaskill Frustrated Over Farm Bill, Health Exchanges

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she’s frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls “bipartisan” and “vitally important.”

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Health
1:38 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Coalition Emphasizes Economic Benefits Of Opting Into Medicaid Expansion

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Expanding Medicaid to more adults in Missouri would have a positive impact on the state’s economy and residents, according to a new report.

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Health
11:21 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Feds To Take Lead On Health Exchanges In Kansas, Missouri

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Immediately after the presidential election, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange.

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Health
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Health Exchange At Heart Of Missouri’s Proposition E

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Proposition E specifically asks voters:

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Health
12:32 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Area Hospitals Soon To Be Penalized For High Readmissions Rates

KU Hospital started piloting regular "huddles" within departments last year, to try and better coordinate patient care and the discharge process. The hospital is one of several in the area that will soon face fines for high readmissions rates.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Starting October 1, hospitals that fail to meet certain quality measures will get less funding from Medicare.

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Health
5:19 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Rule Requires Simple Explanation Of Health Coverage

Insurers are now required to provide consumers a summary, in plain English, of the coverage and costs in their health plans.

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Health
2:40 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Ballot Language For Health Measure Faces Legal Backlash

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Wording of a health care measure that’s to appear on the Missouri ballot this fall is facing backlash from Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and fellow Republicans.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Political Pundits: Taxes, and Health Care, and Elections, O My!

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The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

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Health
11:36 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Uncertainty Surrounds Health Law Implementation In Kansas And Missouri

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health law has provided more clarity to the region and country. 

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Government
9:33 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Kansas Leaders React Predictably To ACA Ruling

Kan. Sen. Pat Roberts was "deeply disappointed" with the Supreme Court's ruling.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—the massive health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama two years ago.

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Up to Date
9:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Reactions: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in a case that determines the future of the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday morning the Supreme Court  largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
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Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:39 am

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

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Health
11:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Much At Stake With Upcoming Supreme Court Ruling

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As the nation awaits a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health law, regional health leaders say much is at stake for the area’s health system and residents.

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Health
3:05 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Nixon's Stance On Insurance Mandate Clarified And Criticized

Governor Jay Nixon.
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With a decision on the federal health law nearing, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is further defending his own position on a federal health insurance mandate.

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Health
5:14 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Health Services Expand In Johnson And Miami Counties

Marina Roman stopped by Health Partnership of Johnson County for the first time today. Roman is without health insurance and hopes to see a doctor soon.
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Health services for uninsured and underinsured people in Johnson and Miami counties just got a major boost.

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Health
3:37 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Area Hospitals Intensify Patient Safety Efforts

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Nationwide, about one in twenty patients will contract a hospital associated infection, leading to tens of thousands of deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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