In this Sense of Community Series on the Affordable Care Act, we’re looking at one factor that’s still up in the air in Missouri: whether state lawmakers will expand Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson follows up with one couple who would be directly impacted by the expansion.
The Affordable Care Act can be confusing. But a program offered by University Extension helps explain how the healthcare law affects individuals in a way that's easy to understand. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
Through November, more than 4,100 Missourians had enrolled in health insurance through healthcare.gov, the online marketplace that opened Oct. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act. One of those individuals, Pamela Langhoff, sat down with KSMU's Scott Harvey to share her story.
The cancellation of insurance policies due to the Affordable Care Act has been a big citicism of the law and left many exploring new health options. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports on how a southwest Missouri family came to the conclusion not to enroll in the health exchange once their current policies end.
With some 7000 employees working at least 30 hours per week, Cox Health Systems definitely falls into the "more than 50 fulltime employees" category. Thus Cox is required, under the Affordable Care Act, to provide affordable health care to those employees. Cox's Benefits Manager, Andy Hedgepath, tells how Cox has adapted to the requirements of Obamacare in this "Sense of Community" report.
The Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," is on the minds and tongues of many people today--particularly small business owners and their employees. In this "Sense of Community" report, Randy Stewart attempts to sort out what the Act means to small businesses and the people who are employed by them.
In this segment of our Sense of Community Series on the Affordable Care Act, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports on how it's uniquely affecting rural Americans--including a coverage gap that many of Missouri's poorest are falling into.
In our Sense of Community Series this week on KSMU, we'll be exploring how the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is impacting people here in the Ozarks. In this segment, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports on the provision in the law that allows young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance plans.
In this final segment of our Sense of Community series on Debt in the Ozarks, we’re turning back a few pages in our history books to examine what shaped our area’s perception on debt—and whether that perception is at all unique because of this history. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson brings us more.
In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?
Even after doing all the research and homework, and even with lots of help from the national office, opening a small business can get you into debt... quickly....even if your business is growing by nearly 10 percent every year. Jenny Heulskamp found that out when she started a local franchise of national retailer Edible Arrangements, as she tells Randy Stewart on "Sense of Community."
Today's Sense of Community reports focus on business debt in the Ozarks. Randy Stewart talks with Rayanna Anderson at Missouri State University's Small Business and Technology Development Center about the debt-counseling services they offer.
He goes by the nickname “Snaggle.” Also known as Pippin, this nine-year-old white Standard Poodle features 65 pounds of silky fur and an inviting smile. Showing off a few tricks, Pippin works alongside his owner, Nelson Knapp.
The two are one of the many volunteer teams with Pet Therapy of the Ozarks who conduct visits to area residents. Today, they are at the Cox Walnut Lawn Transitional Care Unit.
I’m greeted by Buddy, a large Golden Retriever who seems to smile from ear to ear. His plush tail wags, and he is sporting a red bandana around his neck. The way he lights up a room is the reason for his visits to multiple hospitals, schools, and non-profits throughout the region. Since 2009, he’s offered needed relief to others through Pet Therapy of the Ozarks.
Therapeutic horseback riding offers numerous benefits for a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. Randy Stewart takes us to the Springfield area's only accredited therapeutic equine center for the "Sense of Community" series.
Trained therapy dogs help disabled persons strengthen their bodies and improve their quality of life. Randy Stewart introduces us to Niles the black Lab in this installment of the "Sense of Community" series.
While at home, Jason Harmon's yellow Lab George plays the role of pet for him, his wife and two young sons. But on the MSU campus, donning what Harmon calls George’s work jacket that reads “working dog, do not pet,” this service dog is ready and willing to protect, guide and inspire Harmon while in the classroom and amongst society. KSMU's Scott Harvey has their story.