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10:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FDA Taking Comments on E-Cigarettes, Cigars

    

  Drug Administration is taking public comments on a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s reach to tobacco products that are not currently regulated by the agency-including e-cigarettes. The proposal comes at a time when nicotine poisoning is on the rise.

Poison Control Centers all across the country have been seeing a growing number of poisonings from exposure to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.

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10:06 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Help Low-Income Workers and Boost Kansas Economy

Another new study says that expanding Medicaid would help low-income workers in Kansas and boost the state’s economy.

This latest study comes from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.

The Medicaid expansion study was funded in part by a consortium of Kansas health foundations, some of which also provide support to the KHI News Service.

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Health
1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Coping With Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Social Worker Cynthia Holcomb helps "Mrs. Smith’s" son by teaching him coping skills.
Credit Carla Eckels

Oppositional defiant disorder, ODD is characterized as argumentative, hostile, defiant behavior, and is reported to affect up to 16 percent of young people. Sometimes ODD is one of several behavioral disorders that can cause problems at school and at home. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

Families who must live with ODD face a sensitive and often difficult path. Because of that we are not using actual names for this story.

“Mrs. Smith” lives in Sumner County. Several years ago, she married into a family which included a child who showed signs of having the disorder.

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Health
11:11 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Kansas Is Having Trouble Contacting Thousands Of People Waiting On A Disability List

State officials’ efforts to start providing services to Kansans with physical disabilities have hit a snag.

The state is having trouble contacting thousands of people who have been on the services waiting list.

People on the waiting list who haven’t been contacted by the state, or those who know of others in that situation, can call the Kansas Department of Disability Services at (785) 368-6246.

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12:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Autism Services For Some Children Will Begin In January

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signs HB 2744 at a ceremony at the KU Edwards Campus
Credit Bryan Thompson

Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas.

A bill mandating such coverage has now been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback.

“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism," Brownback says. "This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society.”

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10:38 am
Wed April 16, 2014

State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger joined representatives of AARP and other consumer groups at a Statehouse press conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill aimed at freeing Kansas and other states from federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Praeger said if Brownback signs the bill it could be a bad political move given the popularity of the Medicare program with Kansas seniors.
Credit Dave Ranney / http://www.khi.org

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, the Kansas state chapter of AARP, and several other groups are calling on Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill authorizing Kansas’s membership in an interstate health care compact.

Bill supporters say the compact would free the state from the new Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and allow it to control Medicaid and Medicare spending within its borders.

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10:27 am
Tue April 15, 2014

KU Student Diagnosed with Tuberculosis

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Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.

KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.

Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.

Health officials say even those who become infected are highly unlikely to get sick from TB.

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Health
11:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Kansas Program To Help Those With Brain Injury Up for Renewal

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The state of Kansas has a special program to help some people who have suffered serious brain injuries. It's a part of the Medicaid program, but is managed under a waiver from the federal government. That waiver is up for renewal, some people are concerned that access to the program may be cut back.

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10:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down as HHS Secretary

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Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is stepping down.

The Associated Press attributes the news to a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss Sebelius's resignation ahead of the formal announcement, and requested anonymity.

Sebelius has not yet publicly commented on the reports, and there is no mention of her resignation on the HHS or White House websites, nor in Sebelius’s own Twitter feed.

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Health
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Poll: Medicaid Expansion Could Affect Gov’s Race

A new poll is out showing that most Kansas voters favor expanding eligibility for Medicaid. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the poll also indicates that the expansion issue could make a difference in the governor’s race.

To see the results of the poll, click here.   

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