Jim McLean

Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.


2:08 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

USDA Official Disagrees With Brownback On Food-Stamp Funding

Governor Sam Brownback and a federal official disagreed publicly on Monday about how food stamp funds ought to be distributed to states.

Their disagreement took place at a Topeka news conference to announce a federal grant.

Heartland Health Monitor's Jim McLean reports...

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1:38 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Debate Continues On Kansas Bill To Repeal In-State Tuition For Children Of Illegal Immigrants

An effort to repeal a 10-year-old law that gives the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition is alive in the Legislature. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the measure remains bottled up in a committee.

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12:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Obamacare Enrollment Climbing In Kansas

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Obamacare enrollment continues to climb in Kansas. Jim McLean (of the KHI News Service) has the latest numbers.

Link to related digital story from the KHI News Service: http://www.khi.org/news/article/kansas-and-missouri-record-big-jumps-in-healthcare.gov-enrollment

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12:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Kansas Lawmaker Wants More “Normal” Foster Families

Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at encouraging what its sponsor calls more "normal" foster homes.

Foster parents who don't drink, smoke or engage in extramarital sex could qualify for higher payments from the state. Jim McClean reports...

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2:21 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kansas, Missouri Records Among Those Compromised In Anthem Cyberattack

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The records of some Kansas Medicaid recipients and Missouri policyholders were among those compromised by a cyberattack on the nation’s second-largest health insurance company. Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean has more...

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12:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Kansas’ Largest Insurer And Health Care Provider Agree To New Payment Model

Wichita-based Via Christi Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas have finalized an agreement aimed at changing the way care is provided to approximately 20,000 Kansans covered by BCBS policies.
Credit Via Christi Health

Kansas’ largest health insurance company is changing the way it pays the state’s biggest health care provider. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service says the changes are aimed at lowering health care costs.

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1:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Kansas Hospital Leaders Negotiating With Federal Officials On Medicaid Expansion

In most of the states seeking to go their own way on Medicaid expansion, governors are leading the negotiations with the federal government. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it’s a different story in Kansas.

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1:12 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Preparing Medicaid Expansion Push

Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas and Missouri been unsuccessful in recent years. But advocates say this year could be different particularly in Kansas where hospitals are gearing up for a big push.

The hospitals are crafting their plans to appeal to conservative Republicans who control the governor's office and both houses of the Legislature. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has details.

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12:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Efforts Underway To Correct Problems At Osawatomie State Hospital

Officials are taking steps to correct problems at the over-crowded Osawatomie State Hospital.

The problems recently led a federal agency to threaten to cut off funding. Jim McLean reports...

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12:23 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Funding For Kansas’ Largest Mental Health Hospital In Jeopardy

Kansas officials must now find another $40 million dollars for the state's Medicaid program known as KanCare between now and the end of the budget year. Jim McLean reports...

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