Medicare en Poll: Medicaid Expansion Could Affect Gov’s Race <p>A new poll is out showing that most Kansas voters favor expanding eligibility for Medicaid. And as <a href="">Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports</a>, the poll also indicates that the expansion issue could make a difference in the governor’s race.</p><p></p><p></p><p>To see the results of the poll, <a href="">click here</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:00:48 +0000 Jim McLean 32752 at Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:24:03 +0000 Richard Crowson 32748 at Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact Medicare Sign-Up Season Is Here <p>The annual enrollment period for Medicare&#39;s prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It&#39;s the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.<br /><br />This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:36:14 +0000 Bryan Thompson 24866 at Topeka Nursing Home Sues To Stay In Business <p></p><p>The owners of a Topeka nursing home have filed a federal lawsuit in attempt to stay in business. State and federal officials have decided to cancel the nursing home's eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid payments, and revoke its operating license. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:13:41 +0000 Bryan Thompson 20673 at KS Medicare Users: Your Statements Are Changing This Month <p>Kansas residents who receive Medicare benefits will soon see new information on their claim statements. These changes include:</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:00:37 +0000 Associated Press 18671 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 Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Friday <p>This Friday is the deadline for people with Medicare to make changes to change their health and drug coverage.</p><p>If you have original Medicare, your benefits are administered by the federal government. If you have Medicare Advantage, your plan is run by a private insurance company. Now is the time when you can switch to Medicare Advantage, if you wish.</p><p>On the other hand, if you want to drop your Medicare Advantage plan and switch to original Medicare, that opportunity runs from January 1 through February 14.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:53:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 9487 at Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Friday Top Morning News 12.06.12 <p><em>New state arts agency presents strategic plan; Pompeo&nbsp;to talk to reporters about 'Fiscal Cliff'; Medicare open enrollment ends Friday; Hawker Beechcraft&nbsp;close to exiting bankruptcy.</em></p><p><strong>New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds</strong></p><p>Leaders in the Wichita arts community yesterday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, to talk about the organization's strategic plan.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:36:09 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 9489 at Top Morning News 12.06.12 Top Morning News 10.25.12 <p><em>Ethics complaint against Jan Pauls dismissed; Democratic leaders expected to unveil jobs proposal Thursday at events across state; Feds ease Medicare restrictions.</em></p><p><strong>Ethics Complaint Against Kansas Lawmaker Dismissed&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p>The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a conservative Democratic House member.</p><p>The commission concluded Wednesday that Representative Jan Pauls of Hutchinson didn't intend to violate the law when she failed to list a rental property she owns on annual financial disclosure forms.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:01:28 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 7564 at Top Morning News 10.25.12