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.

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Health
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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Health
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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Health
1:12 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Dr. Robert Moser Steps Down From KDHE Post

Dr. Robert Moser
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The man who has headed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the past four years is stepping down. Dr. Robert Moser announced late Monday that he will leave the agency at the end of the month. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

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Government
9:12 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Revenue Shortfalls May Force Spending Cuts

State tax collections generated $23 million less than expected in the month of October. As Jim McLean reports, the revenue shortfall makes it more likely that the governor and lawmakers will be forced to consider spending cuts when the legislative session begins in January.

 

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Politics
4:45 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Obamacare Divides Candidates For Insurance Commissioner

The election is now less than a month away, and one of the statewide races in Kansas that isn’t commanding a lot of attention is the contest for insurance commissioner. But as Jim McLean reports, the continuing controversy over the Affordable Care Act has increased the stakes in the race.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kris Kobach Insists That Democrats Find A Replacement Senatorial Candidate

The Kansas Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Democrat Chad Taylor can withdraw from the U.S Senate race and remove his name from the ballot for the election this November.

However, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is insisting that Democrats quickly name a replacement candidate.

Jim McLean reports...

In light of the upset, the U.S. Justice Department has agreed to allow Kansas a week's delay in mailing ballots to military overseas.

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Health
11:33 am
Tue September 9, 2014

KS Receives New Round Of Navigator Funding

Two groups have received new federal grants to help Kansans sign up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act online health insurance Marketplace.

Jim McLean reports the next open enrollment period starts in November.

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Government
10:49 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Privatization Complicates Medicaid Fraud Detection

Kansas' privatization of Medicaid appears to producing an unintended consequence.

It has complicated Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt's efforts to investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud.

Jim McLean reports...

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Government
12:31 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

New Kansas Dept. For Aging And Disability Secretary Experienced In Government And Politics

The agency that oversees programs for seniors and Kansans with disabilities no longer has interim leadership.

Kari Bruffett was confirmed Thursday as secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Jim McClean has more...

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Health
12:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

KanCare Questions Persist

January of 2013, Kansas turned the management of its $3 billion Medicaid program over to three big, for-profit companies and renamed it KanCare.

At the time, Governor Sam Brownback said privatizing Medicaid would both reduce costs and improve the care provided to low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, more than a year after KanCare's launch, questions remain about how well it's working.

Find more information here about KanCare and how its working.

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