health care en Bill To Would Mandate Health Coverage For Autistic Children Making Progress <p>Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.</p><p>The issue has been the topic of debate in the Statehouse for several sessions and is moving closer to reality. Coverage would help families cope with the cost of providing treatment for autistic children.</p><p>The House voted 114-3 on Friday to send the bill to the Senate where its passage was uncertain.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:19:39 +0000 Associated Press 31927 at Health Care Compact Bill Advances In House <p>A House committee has advanced a bill aimed at exempting Kansas from the federal health care overhaul.</p><p>State Representative Brett Hildabrand, a Shawnee Republican, said that if the bill ends up passing, it could move Kansas towards gaining more control over federal health care programs.</p><p>“The broad federal approach tries to apply a cookie-cutter approach to every state. I believe that’s too broad and we need to put it back at the state level,” Hildabrand said.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:51:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 30520 at Kansas Health Care Exchange Now Online, But Not Without Problems <p>Kansas&#39; health care exchange is online now at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.</p><p>Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don&#39;t have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:05:41 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 24222 at Individual Health Insurance Mandate Helps Balance The Field <p></p><p>The federal online marketplace for health insurance opens October 1.</p><p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have insurance beginning in 2014. This part of the law, referred to as the “individual mandate,” is designed to increase the number of consumers in the total insurance pool, with the intention of lowering premiums across the board.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:58:01 +0000 Fletcher Powell 23909 at Sebelius Sets Aside $1.7 Million For Community Health Centers In Kansas <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $150 million in new grant money for federally-funded community health centers around the country.</p><p>The grants--at least $55,000 each--are through the Affordable Care Act and only available to safety net clinics that are already federally funded. More than $1.7 million has been set aside for 16 community health centers in Kansas.</p><p>Sebelius says they'll use the money to help uninsured patients determine their eligibility and compare coverage options.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:05:10 +0000 Bryan Thompson 17013 at Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita <p>A competitive bidding program aimed at helping Medicare avoid overpaying for products like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks is being expanded to 91 communities nationwide, including Wichita.<br><br>The program began a little more than two years ago as a demonstration project in nine communities, including Kansas City.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:27:25 +0000 Bryan Thompson 15567 at Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita Top Morning News 2.15.13 <p><em>Education hearings continue at Statehouse; Bill would bar health accreditation; Tour will help gauge needs of older Kansans.</em></p><p><strong>Hearings Continue On Education Funding Amendment</strong></p><p>A committee in the Kansas Senate continued hearings Thursday on a constitutional amendment that could block some lawsuits over school funding. The proposed change to the state Constitution says only the Legislature can set school spending levels.</p><p><a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More...</span></a></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:35:06 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 12784 at Top Morning News 2.15.13 Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground For Expansion <p>A southeast Kansas hospital will break ground next week on an $18 million expansion.</p><p>Construction of the new surgery center at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will begin November 19. Crossland Construction Company, of Columbus, Kansas, was chosen recently as the general contractor for the 40,000-square-foot addition.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:59:11 +0000 Associated Press 8425 at Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground For Expansion Working For Small Biz May Be Hazardous To Your Health <p>A new report from a health care think tank says workers at small firms are far more likely to lack health insurance- and miss out on needed health care- than their peers at bigger companies.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:56:41 +0000 Bryan Thompson 7849 at Top Morning News 11.01.12 <p><em>Kansas taxes fall short of October expectations; Survey of the Midwest predicts economic slump; Westar Energy crews help out in superstorm recovery.</em></p><p><strong>KS Taxes $37M&nbsp;Short Of Expectations In October</strong></p><p>A new report says Kansas collected $37 million less in taxes than anticipated in October, but officials think the shortfall will be temporary.</p><p>The Department of Revenue said Wednesday the state took in almost $477 million during the month. That's about 7 percent less than the $514 million officials had expected.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:46:31 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 7850 at Top Morning News 11.01.12