JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents can begin enrolling Tuesday for health coverage offered through a new online insurance marketplace. But some supporters of the initiative are advising people to wait a while.
The health insurance exchanges are a key part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama. Though enrollment starts Tuesday, people can wait until December 15th to sign up and still be included when the insurance coverage starts January 1st.
The Missouri Foundation for Health is one of the many nonprofit groups spreading the word about the new insurance options. Foundation vice president Ryan Barker says there likely will be glitches when the website launches. He encourages people to check out the site, do some research and take some time to think about it before enrolling.
CHICAGO (AP) — Days before the launch of President Barack Obama's health care law, Illinois officials say there will be snags as the new health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday.
Officials insist none of the problems will prevent anyone from getting insurance by the start of the new year. But some acknowledge there's a risk people may be discouraged by delays and glitches and give up on the program.
The hurdles include a lag in completing the certification of hundreds of workers who've been trained to help consumers sign up for coverage. So most won't be able to assist people with the process initially.
There are also software problems that are delaying the transfer of applications to the Medicaid program.
People have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 40-year-old man with a history of robbing banks in Kansas and Missouri has been sentenced to life in prison for two holdups he was convicted of committing last year.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Eddie Prince Roberts of Columbia, Missouri won't be eligible for parole under the sentence he received Friday in federal court.
Roberts was convicted earlier of robbing Boone County National Bank in Columbia of more than $4,400 in April 2012, and Landmark Bank in Columbia of roughly $8,200 the following month.
He was arrested after the Landmark robbery following a foot chase in which he fought with an officer and was shot during the encounter.
Roberts was convicted in 1993 of robbing five banks in Kansas. He was also convicted of robbing a Missouri bank in 2000.
St. Louis County Police say a woman is missing from a psychiatric treatment center.
20-year-old Sarah Croak walked away from the Castlewood Treatment Center in the middle of the night and was reported missing on Thursday. Sarah is described as a white female, 5’7”, 125 lbs and thin, with green eyes. She has long black curly hair with a blonde patch on her bangs. Sarah has previously attempted suicide and is a cutter with scars on her wrist.
Anyone who sees her or who has information is asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 314/615-0700.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The planned use of a common anesthetic in a Missouri execution next month is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of the drug, endangering the supply to thousands of hospitals and clinics across the U.S.
Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die Oct. 23 in the first execution to use propofol.
Fifty million vials of propofol are administered annually in the U.S. during surgery and other procedures requiring anesthetic. Roughly 85 percent of the U.S. supply is made in Europe by the German company Fresenius Kabi.
But the EU prohibits trade in goods that could be used for executions and is reviewing whether to subject propofol to controls that could slow export to the U.S.
Fresenius Kabi has launched a website expressing its concerns.
A Jefferson County man is in serious condition after he was run over by his son and stepdaughter.
The incident happened Thursday night. Police say the man started arguing with his son and tried to pull him out of his pick up truck. In the struggle the father was knocked down and the son ran him over. Police say the stepdaughter also ran over the man with an SUV.
The search continues for both suspects. The father remains hospitalized.
A couple flying from Oklahoma to Indiana was forced to make an unexpected stop in St. Charles County.
Lieutenant Dave Tiefenbrunn with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department says the engine in their Cessna died and the pilot was forced to put the plane down in cornfield.
The field is near the community of New Town. No on eon the plane was injured.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, entered the pleas during a brief court hearing Friday in Boone County. He was fined $200 plus court costs on each charge and paid the penalties before leaving the courthouse.
The 33-year-old lawmaker says he made a mistake and is glad the incident is behind him.
A state trooper stopped LaFaver last month on Interstate 70 in Boone County for failing to respond to charges in Moniteau County of driving with expired license plates. The trooper reported finding a glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.
LaFaver paid a $125 fine in Moniteau County for the vehicle registration charge earlier this week.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas returned to Missouri Friday to help unveil a new nonprofit group focusing on job creation through low-tax state policies.
His St. Charles visit to promote Americans for Economic Freedom came after an August stop in which he criticized Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing tax-cut legislation. State lawmakers subsequently failed in a veto override attempt.
On Saturday, Perry will speak to GOP conservatives at a regional meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Perry also met privately in August with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Clayton and held a political rally in Chesterfield. And he urged Missouri businesses to relocate to Texas in a series of radio ads.
Perry is considering whether to run for president in 2016 after an unsuccessful 2012 effort.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to preserve benefits for bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.'s active and retired miners.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin on Friday sided with Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.
The United Mine Workers of America filed the lawsuit last year, saying the companies set up spinoff companies to rid themselves of their benefits obligations. The lawsuit argued they were still responsible for those benefits under the federal Employee Retirement and Income Securities Act.
But Goodwin ruled the law doesn't protect a pension fund's financial stability.
UMW President Cecil Roberts tells The Charleston Gazette the union plans to appeal.
Peabody spun off Patriot in 2007, and Patriot later acquired mines that Arch spun off into Magnum Coal. Patriot declared bankruptcy last year.