Listen to Aileen LeBlanc's full report on how the Affordable Care Act could get people the health care they need before it turns into a life-threatening situation.
The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.
Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients.
The author of the report, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.
Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.
KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.
The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households. The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are KanCare, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.
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 National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.
Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…