Medicaid

Health
2:52 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Resolution In Kansas House Opposes Medicaid Expansion

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Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would underscore the Legislature's opposition to a proposed expansion of Medicaid programs. House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says he doesn't support making the state's health care program bigger.

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Health
5:25 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon Rallies Key Allies In Push For Medicaid Expansion

From Left to Right: Independence Chamber of Commerce President Franklin “Kim” Kimbrough, Research Medical Center COO Matt Sogard, Independence Chamber of Commerce Chairman Stan Shurmantine, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mark Dickey, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee Co-Chair Ken Stremming
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is continuing his push to expand the state’s Medicaid program, an optional provision for states under the federal health law. The governor rallied some key allies near Kansas City Thursday afternoon but also pointed to some rather unlikely ones.

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Government
9:33 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nixon Delivers State Of The State

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November. 

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Health
7:21 am
Tue January 29, 2013

A New Era For 'Free' Clinics

The Kansas City Free Health Clinic’s main location at 3515 Broadway will soon don a new sign out front: Kansas City CARE Clinic. The clinic adopted the name as it prepares for changes to its business model. CARE stands for Care, Access, Research and Education, which leaders say better reflects the clinic's role.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Armed with more than 100 staff members and 1,000 volunteers, the bustling Kansas City Free Health Clinic in midtown is one of the largest free health clinics in the country, treating upward of 15,000 patients a year. “KC Free,” as it’s commonly called, doesn’t charge fees or bill patients for care. It only sees people who are uninsured.



But this year, all that changes.



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Health
9:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver?

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Medicaid is the second-largest program that Kansas operates, next only to education. And costs of the health program for the poor and disabled have been growing at a faster pace than most other programs. A desire to control those costs and improve care is why officials in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have embarked on a massive plan to overhaul the system.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:51 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Legislative Session Begins In Missouri

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Missouri’s 2013 legislative session is underway. Legislative leaders kicked things off by laying out more details on what they want to pass this year.

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Government
9:39 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Missouri State Of The State Date Set

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his 2013 State of the State Address on January 28th.

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Health
4:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Overhaul Begins Next Month

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KanCare is arguably the biggest change in the history of Medicaid in Kansas. The proposal would privatize the entire program.

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Health
2:18 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks about expanding Medicaid during a speech to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 14. The federal government hasn't set a deadline for states to decide on their Medicaid expansion plans.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 9:55 am

The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.

That's when about 17 million Americans — mostly unmarried healthy adults with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $15,000 a year — would gain access to Medicaid.

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Health
3:29 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul

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Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.

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Government
10:06 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Health Advocates Urge Medicaid Expansion In Missouri

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People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.

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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.
KCUR

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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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
5:40 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Six Things To Know About Medicaid In Kansas And Missouri

Ryan Barker (l) directs health policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health. Scott Brunner (r) is a senior analyst with the Kansas Health Institute and former state Medicaid director.
Courtesy of Scott Brunner and Ryan Barker.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the federal health law, we’ll be hearing a lot more about one of its key aspects: Medicaid. 

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Kansas Health
1:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

KanCare: Ready Or Not?

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Less than five months from now, the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to convert to a privatized system.

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Health
1:15 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Sessions Wrap Up In Overland Park Today

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Kansas health officials have been touring the state this week, holding public education sessions on a plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

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Health
3:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Brownback's Administration Awards Medicaid Contracts

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
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Governor Sam Brownback's administration today awarded contracts to three companies that will manage parts of the state's new Medicaid program, called KanCare.

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Health
9:25 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Hearing Draws Extensive Criticism

About 200 people turned out to an additional public hearing in Wichita on the administration's plan to overhaul the Medicaid system in Kansas.
Bryan Thompson KPR

A crowd of more than 200 people packed a hearing room in Wichita Monday to sound-off about Governor Sam Brownback's plan to privatize the state's Medicaid system.

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Headlines
9:06 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The set for the Shakespeare Festival's "Antony & Cleopatra."
Steve Walker

The Kansas school finance trial enters its third week. A plan to replace Medicaid in Kansas drew criticism at its first public hearing.  It’s a double dose of Shakespeare in Kansas City.  That & more news from KCUR.

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Headlines
8:31 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, June 18, 2012

Kansans can speak out on proposed changes to the Medicaid program.  The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services tries to identify elder abuse cases.  It’s a daily roundup of headlines from KCUR.

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Health
5:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Awarding Process For State Contracts Under Scrutiny

A new temporary committee has been created in the Missouri House to examine how the Governor’s Office of Administration awards government contracts. 

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Health
2:22 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Patients, Providers, Companies Await Medicaid Ruling

*5/13/12 Update*: Judge Drumm has dismissed the case. Molina is evaluating its grounds for appeal.

A main part of Missouri’s Medicaid program is at the center of a lawsuit right now.

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Headlines
8:09 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 30, 2012

Rural brokers deal with fallout after a major derivatives broker collapses.  Kansas Governor’s office is waiting to hear back from the federal government on plans to overhaul Medicaid.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Health
8:23 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Brownback Offers To Postpone Kancare For DD Waiver Services

Shortly after hundreds of Kansans converged on the Statehouse to oppose one aspect of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Medicaid reform plan, the governor has acceded to their demands—at least partially.

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Health Care
1:23 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Hundreds Rally Over Kansas Gov.'s Medicaid Overhaul

Hundreds of developmentally disabled Kansas residents and advocates for them have rallied at the Statehouse against part of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:51 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Legislators Likely To Pursue Changes To Medicaid Overhaul Plan

Some lawmakers believe the Kansas Legislature will try to amend a plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

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Headlines
8:48 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, April 13, 2012

Public hearings on NBAF start in Washington, D.C.  The city council approves a new development deal for the Antioch Shopping Center.  These stories and more from KCUR in a daily digest of headlines.

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Health
4:19 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Deadline Passes For Lawmakers To Reject Medicaid Reorganization Plan

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says his plan to overhaul Medicaid is underway, since a deadline for lawmakers to reject the order has passed.

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Health
3:23 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Nixon Calls For Restored Funding Of Services For Visually Impaired

Governor Nxion meets with people outside Services for Independent Living in Columbia, Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is calling on the Missouri House to restore health care funding for blind people after a committee voted last week to cut the program from next year’s budget.

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