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Health
9:46 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Obamacare Rates And Subsidies Vary Widely Within Missouri

Rates for insurance plans purchased through the healthcare.gov website vary widely in Missouri, and to a lesser extent in Kansas.
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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.

In Missouri, insurance buyers in different parts of the Show-Me State are seeing some of the most extreme cost differences in the country. 

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Health
8:01 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Few In Kansas And Missouri Have Bought Insurance On The Exchange

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.

Enough Kansans have purchased a plan through the website, 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.

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KC Currents
12:16 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces

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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't get insurance from your employer.

Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri. 

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KC Currents
9:42 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Health Marketplaces Open Soon, But Supporters In Mo. Face Hurdles

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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’s health marketplace has been hard to find. And that’s not just because the state decided not to set one up.

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Health
6:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
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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.

According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, 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.

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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
5:37 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Feds To Set Up Insurance Exchanges In Kansas And Missouri

The federal government will help establish online insurance marketplaces in Kan. and Mo.
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Neither Kansas nor Missouri will be involved in setting up a health exchange, according to announcements by both governors Thursday.

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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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Government
8:34 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Auditor Says No Cost, No Saving For Ballot Measures

A ballot measure going before voters in November would make changes to appellate judge selection. Another would bar the creation of a health care exchange in Missouri unless the legislature authorizes it.
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Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won’t cost or save the state any money, according the State Auditor’s office.

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Health
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum

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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. 

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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.
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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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Headlines
7:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Health
6:11 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill Aims to Limit Executive Authority in State Health Exchange

A State Senate committee heard testimony today on legislation designed to block Governor Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange. 

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