Bryan Thompson

Bryan is the health reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Health
7:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Medicaid Will Still See Changes

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program, or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act is coming and it's bringing some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate or not.

The changes are outlined in a new report from the non-profit Kansas Health Institute.

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Health Care
4:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Topeka Nursing Home Sues To Stay In Business

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.

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Low-Income Assistance
4:26 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Low Income Energy Assistance Recipients Receive Summer Help

About 48,000 Kansas families received funding through the federal government’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program last winter. The average benefit was $386 per household.

Now those same families will receive another $103 toward their utilities this summer.

The funding is what was left over from the winter program. It’s an additional benefit, not a new application, so there’s no paperwork required.

In most cases, the money goes directly to gas and electric providers.

Crime and Courts
8:01 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Robo-Call Scam Targets Senior Citizens in Kansas

A scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. A prerecorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then, the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.

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Education
6:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Sequester Forces Some Head Start Facilities In Kansas To Close

Budget cuts forced by federal sequestration will mean the end of Head Start and Early Head Start in three south-central Kansas counties.

The closures in Pratt, Stafford and Kingman counties will take place at the end of this month.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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Health
6:39 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Look At KanCare's First Three Months

State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.

The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.

The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.

It shows that a total of more than 344,000 Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months. At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000, a drop of more than 20,000 people.

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Environment
6:26 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Kansas Company Ordered To Pay Penalty For Pollution

Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay a penalty and invest $30 million in new pollution control technology at its nine manufacturing plants, one of which is in Chanute, Kan. The settlement stems from charges that Ash Grove violated the Clean Air Act.

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Education
6:05 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City

The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina.

The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million dollars in cuts.

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Community
6:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Owe Child Support? State Is Ramping Up Efforts To Collect It

Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.

Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the three-year contract period.

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