Health http://kmuw.org en Kansas Seniors Save Millions On Rx Due To ACA http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-seniors-save-millions-rx-due-aca <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says </span>Kansans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You probably know about the mandate to buy health insurance, the glitches in the federal exchange, and the Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:16 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38182 at http://kmuw.org Kansas City's Aid For Women Clinic Shuts Its Doors http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-citys-aid-women-clinic-shuts-its-doors <p>One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.</p><p>The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's referring patients to two clinics in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Retiring clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:20 +0000 Associated Press 38130 at http://kmuw.org Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk http://kmuw.org/post/sen-moran-says-problems-wichita-va-put-veterans-lives-risk <p>U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to "begging, borrowing and manipulation" to obtain vital surgical equipment. Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.</p><p>Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:42 +0000 Associated Press 37970 at http://kmuw.org Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak http://kmuw.org/post/measles-what-know-during-local-outbreak <p></p><p>*UPDATE*</p><p class="p1">An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur & Abigail Wilson 37843 at http://kmuw.org Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri http://kmuw.org/post/affordable-care-act-ruling-could-affect-kansas-and-missouri <p>Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.</p><p>As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:30 +0000 Jim McLean 37917 at http://kmuw.org Salina To Vote On Fluoridation http://kmuw.org/post/salina-vote-fluoridation <p>A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.</p><p></p><p>A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi&nbsp;Wicks on July 21st.</p><p>The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.</p><p>The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Aileen LeBlanc 37811 at http://kmuw.org The Food Deserts Of Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/food-deserts-wichita <p></p><p>Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.</p><p></p><p><strong>When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37656 at http://kmuw.org The Food Deserts Of Wichita Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes http://kmuw.org/post/toxic-algae-warnings-issued-seven-kansas-lakes <p>Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.</p><p>The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.</p><p>Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:23:26 +0000 Associated Press 37681 at http://kmuw.org Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties http://kmuw.org/post/agriculture-dept-allow-emergency-haying-and-grazing-44-counties <p>The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.</p><p>The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.</p><p>An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:30:45 +0000 Associated Press 37671 at http://kmuw.org New Measles Exposure Sites Found http://kmuw.org/post/new-measles-exposure-sites-found <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have identified two more sites where people could have been exposed to measles in Wichita. A new case of the virus has also been confirmed. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new case of measles has been identified in Wichita, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 9 since the first was reported on July 10.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Abigail Wilson 37620 at http://kmuw.org New Measles Exposure Sites Found