Sense of Community

February 4th was a snowy day in the Ozarks, and seven-year-old Kadynce Amaya decided to go sledding with her cousin in their hometown of Rogers, Arkansas.  A day of fun ended with Kadynce losing control of her sled and running into a tree.  When her mom, Kristina Courtney picked her up later that day, her daughter told her that her head hurt.  So, Courtney took Kadynce to the emergency room at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.  She was surprised to learn that her daughter had a brain bleed.

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It was October 19th, 2013 and the MSU bears had just defeated South Dakota State 35 to 21.

For our final Sense of Community report on the Affordable Care Act, we’re looking at the penalty fee, or fine, for not having health insurance in 2014.   The fee is officially called “The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment,” but it’s often referred to as the “individual mandate,” and it’s one of the most controversial parts of the new health law.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, originally said that every state had to expand its Medicaid program to cover people making up to 138% of the federal poverty level.  But the US Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the Medicaid expansion is an issue that every state legislature—or state government—has to make for itself.  So, that decision now rests in the hands of lawmakers in Jefferson City, not Washington.

The Affordable Care Act and what it means for individuals and families can be a bit overwhelming for those not familiar with it.  But a program offered by the University of Missouri Extension, part of the Health Insurance Education Initiative, is shedding light on the ACA for residents across the state.

The wintry weather kept many people home during a recent program at the Joplin Public Library.  But two people came, and that was enough for the hour-long program to go on as planned.

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