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4:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kansas Senate Passes Measure Banning Dismemberment Abortion

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that would ban a specific type of abortion procedure. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

In a 31-9 vote, the Senate passed the measure called the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

If passed, the act would ban using forceps, clamps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments to intentionally dismember a fetus before removal.

Other dilation and evacuation techniques that use just suction are not part of the ban.

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5:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Kansas Senate Expected To Give Final Vote On Bill Regarding Specific Abortion Procedure

The Kansas Senate chamber.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would bar a specific type of abortion procedure called dismemberment abortion. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

Several Republicans focused on the procedure itself, describing it as gruesome. Here’s Republican Senator Steve Fitzgerald.

“And there is no basis upon which anybody can attempt to defend it, and yet some do. I would hope that this body would set, yet again, an example for the nation,” says Fitzgerald.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Sedgwick Co. Commission: Project Access

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For the past 15 years, a non-profit program in Sedgwick County called Project Access expanded options for uninsured patients by increasing access to health care and coverage. Now, the program is forced to retool its budget after unexpected cuts from the city and county. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story...

Dr. Debra Messamore is doing a final re-check on her patient, Stephanie.

It’s been about two months since Dr. Messamore performed a much-needed operation on Stephanie, ending five years of pain and suffering.

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11:32 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Kansas Mission Of Mercy Helps Fill A Gaping Need For Dental Care

Salina orthodontist Cindy Reed stands above the clinic floor in Salina's BiCentennial Center.
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Nearly 400 dental professionals gathered in Salina this weekend to provide free dental care to those in need. Bryan Thompson has more on the 14th Kansas Mission of Mercy.

Salina orthodontist Cindy Reed says some of the 1,400 patients started lining up Wednesday afternoon—even though the free clinic didn’t begin until Friday morning.

“They’re very, very needy," Reed says. "They’re also very, very grateful.”

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5:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Another ACA Open Enrollment Period Coming To An End

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**UPDATE**  

The latest data published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates 96,226 Kansans have signed up for health care coverage through HealthCare.gov

This story originally aired during Morning Edition on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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4:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Medical Society Of Sedgwick Co. Takes Lead In Federal Health Grant

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A non-profit group of doctors in Sedgwick County is moving forward with a federal health grant; the same one that the county rejected last month. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story....

The Medical Society of Sedgwick County negotiated with the state of Kansas to be the lead organization for the $2.3 million dollar grant.

The money will be distributed over four years and is expected to bring about specific steps to combat the high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the county.

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11:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Kansas House Committee Drafts Plan To Expand Medicaid

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas House committee has drafted a plan for expanding the state's Medicaid program for poor and disabled Kansans, in line with the Affordable Care Act.

The Vision 2020 Committee introduced the bill in the House on Monday.

The bill would impose a special tax on hospitals and other health care providers to raise any state matching funds required to tap extra federal dollars.

It also would allow the state to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

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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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5:02 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Wesley Unveils Plans For A New Children's Hospital

A rendering of Wesley's new childrens hosipital.
Sean Sandefur

Wesley Medical Center announced today plans for a $28 million renovation of its current pediatric facilities, which will form a dedicated children’s hospital. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur 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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