Affordable Care Act

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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.
KCUR

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.
Elana Gordon KCUR

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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Health
2:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Community Health Center To Expand In Independence

Swope recently completed installing an electronic record system throughout its clinics. Nurse Practitioner, Kamara Allen, recently used the record system during a prenatal visit with patient Whitney Robinson.
Elana Gordon KCUR

One of Kansas City’s main community health centers got a major funding boost today. Swope Health Services has received $2,515,313 in federal grants for facility and infrastructure upgrades. 

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5:29 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Beyond The Supreme Court Decision On The Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010

Over the next year, Congress and the President will be called upon to reconsider all major elements of the U.S. ‘safety net,’ as well as the foundations of the U.S. tax system.

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Health
3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Feds Deem Health Insurance Rate Hike Unreasonable

Six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began reviewing proposed rate increases by health insurance plans, it’s deemed its first rate hike in Missouri to be unreasonable.

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6:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Up Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on the Affordable Care Act.

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Health
1:55 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Board Suspends All Health Exchange Activity

MHIP's main office in Jefferson City.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The use of about $27 million in federal funds to help create a health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt. 

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Health
10:48 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Local Company Launches Health Exchange (Sort Of)

Billboards advertising a "KC Exchange" have been popping up around downtown.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Driving on I-35 and around downtown, you may have noticed several billboards popping up, advertising a “KC Exchange.”  It’s a reference to the health exchanges outlined in the Affordable Care Act, aimed at helping individuals and small businesses comparison shop for health plans. 

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Health Reform
12:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

HHS Denies Kansas' Waiver Request For New Insurance Rule

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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.  The decision means consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect to see lower premiums, expanded benefits, or even cash rebates.

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