Bryan Thompson

Bryan is the health reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Health
11:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas To Share Suicide, Homicide Data with CDC

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.

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Health
2:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kansas Kids Rely On CHIP Reauthorization

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A Washington, D.C., group that advocates for families and children is urging Kansans to speak up for renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Bryan Thompson has more.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was created in 1997 to cover kids whose families are not poor enough for Medicaid, but can’t afford private insurance. The program needs to be reauthorized by Congress to continue after the next fiscal year.

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Health
11:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Respiratory Illness Sickens Hundreds Of KC Kids

Hospitals in Kansas City have been seeing hundreds of kids with a viral respiratory illness.

Bryan Thompson reports, the virus typically causes only mild--if any--symptoms, but it can be severe in some cases.

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Politics
9:23 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Kansas Senators Say "Politics" Won't Dampen Their Support National Bio-Agro Defense Facility

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction sign outside Manhattan, Kansas.
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The two U.S. Senators from Kansas say they won't play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art bio-security lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus. The $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023, barring any further hurdles.

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Environment
11:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Coal’s Future In Kansas Clouded By New Regulations

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One of the subplots in this political year is the battle over coal. A Washington group with deep Republican ties is pouring a quarter-million dollars into TV ads urging Kansans to join Governor Sam Brownback in fighting-quote-"for Kansas jobs and cheaper energy." It's a reference to one of the state's longest simmering political battles – the dispute over the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Bryan Thompson explores the controversy...

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Government
12:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

U.S. Labor Rules Jeopardize Kansas Disability Services

The Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services says new federal labor rules may interfere with services that help disabled Kansans live in their own homes.

As Bryan Thompson explains, the concern is about overtime for workers who are hired and supervised by people with disabilities. 

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett told a legislative panel a new rule scheduled to go into effect January first will change the way overtime is calculated for these workers.

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Health
11:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Four Kansas Clinics Receive ACA Funds For Behavioral Care

Four safety net clinics in Kansas have been awarded federal funding to create or expand mental health services for low-income Kansans.

Bryan Thompson reports that funding is part of almost $55 million dollars in similar grants nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.

The four clinics will each receive $250,000. The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas saw 2,500 patients for mental health issues last year. CEO Krista Postai intends to use the new money to integrate medical and behavioral care.

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Health
11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Seniors Save Millions On Rx Due To ACA

A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says Kansans on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

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 Obamacare.

But did you know that the health care law also helps Medicare beneficiaries who pay high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?

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Economy
11:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend

The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kansas 15th overall for child well-being. While that’s one spot higher than last year in the overall state rankings, Bryan Thompson reports the numbers aren’t so good, in terms of the economic well-being of Kansas kids.

Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.

“In 2012 we have 19% of children living in poverty,” she says. "That’s unchanged from 2011, but the trend has increased significantly over time. Just a few years ago, we were at 15%.”

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Government
11:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS

A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.

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