This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 05/04/2014.
Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.
Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.
There are a lot of small, rural hospitals in Kansas. Without them, many residents would have to travel long distances for care. And in many small towns, the hospital is one of the largest employers - making it vital to the local economy. But declining populations, combined with changes in the way hospitals are paid for services, are making it more difficult for many to survive. Heartland Health Monitor's Bryan Thompson has more.
An $80 million-dollar piece of Governor Sam Brownback's plan for balancing the next state budget is in trouble in the Legislature because a major health insurance company opposes it.
Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said in a statement yesterday that the governor's office is having active discussions with Aetna, legislators and the state Insurance Department about the disputed measure.
It would increase a fee paid by HMOs to 5.5 percent from 1 percent.
Three private health insurers that manage the state's Medicaid program would pay most of it.
It’s estimated that more than 14,000 people in Kansas will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year. A little less than half will be women and the majority of those new cases will be for breast cancer.
There are support programs available to help women manage the appearance-related side effects once treatment begins.
KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the “Look Good, Feel Better” program offered by the American Cancer Society.
A short, upbeat video provides the first introduction to the Look Good, Feel Better Program.
Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release late Friday that the discovery was made in Leavenworth County.
Backyard poultry owners in the county are urged to contact the department.
Additionally, parts of Cherokee and Crawford counties in the southeast part of the state are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of bird flu was found just across the state line in Jasper County, Missouri, this month.