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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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2:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Marketplace Open; KS Premiums Comparable To 2014

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The federal health insurance marketplace opened for its second year of business Saturday. Bryan Thompson has the highlights.

Predictions of double-digit rate increases this year haven’t come true. A review by the non-profit Kansas Health Institute finds that, on average, premiums for plans sold in Kansas are up just one-tenth of one percent. But the average isn’t what matters to consumers.

Every plan is different. Some do have double-digit increases, but some have double-digit price drops.

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12:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

KU School of Medicine Conducts Study of Poor Leg Circulation

Dr. Tracie Collins, Dept. Chair for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Credit Deborah Shaar

Doctors at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita are trying to find ways to successfully treat a common illness that often starts with poor leg circulation. Their study of ‘peripheral arterial disease’--or P.A.D.--focuses on African-Americans, who are twice as likely as others to develop the disease. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

P.A.D. develops when arteries become clogged with plaque that in turn limits blood flow, causing pain in the leg and making walking difficult.

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5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hutchinson's Red Cross Chapter Closes Its Doors

Hutchinson's Red Cross chapter will close its doors on Friday, November 14.
Credit Abigail Wilson

After 97 years in operation, the Red Cross Chapter in Hutchinson will close its doors Friday. The change comes in the wake of a restructuring by the Red Cross as part of the new ‘Vision 2017’ program. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

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12:23 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

KHI Grant To Explore Efficiencies In Public Health

The Topeka-based Kansas Health Institute has received a half-million dollar grant for its efforts to help public health departments find ways to work together.

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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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8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Topeka To Offer Alternative Sentencing Court

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The City of Topeka is launching an effort to provide treatment, instead of jail, for people whose misdemeanor crimes are linked to mental illness.

The city will use a $91,000 grant from the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to fund an Alternative Sentencing Court next year. 

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12:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Veterans Choice Cards To Arrive In KS Soon

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The VA has begun mailing cards to veterans who may need medical care outside the VA health care system. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.

The cards are called Veterans Choice Cards. They’re intended for veterans who live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA health care facility—or who have faced excessive wait times for appointments.

With the card, veterans can get care from any medical provider who accepts Medicare, any federally-qualified health center, the Indian Health Service, or the Defense Department.

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9:07 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Many Disabled Kansans Struggle With KanCare

A new study by the University of Kansas finds many Kansans with disabilities are having difficulty getting services through KanCare, the privatized Medicaid managed care program created by the Brownback Administration. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the study questions whether the financial savings from privatization are worth the human costs.

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