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7:09 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Is Kansas Short-Changing The Disabled?

A Kansas advocacy group says the state has failed to comply with targets for delivering services to developmentally disabled people for years.

The Disability Rights Center says 3,300 developmentally disabled Kansans who qualify for Medicaid services continue to be denied aid.

The DRC says number of vacancies has grown each of the past four years.

And these vacancies have contributed to people having to wait up to five years to start receiving home- and community-based aid.

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Health
6:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Report: Most Kansans Breathe Smoky Air

A new report says nearly all Kansans are exposed to air that's polluted with smoke, but the source of that smoke isn't clear.

The report from a non-profit environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, shows that virtually all Kansans breathed smoke pollution in 2011 and that 2.8 million Kansans were exposed to medium-to-high-density smoke for anywhere from 12 to 47 days.

Columbia University Environmental Health Professor Patrick Kinney says smoke is a serious health hazard, even if you can’t smell it.

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Health
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Scam Sites Appear In Wake Of Health Insurance Marketplace

There are health care mimic sites that can be misleading when consumers are trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Providing any information to one of these mimic sites can result in you receiving phone calls from insurance companies outside of the of the marketplace. That means these companies cannot offer the discount plans that are only available at healthcare.gov.

However, there are people involved that don't want to just sell you health insurance.

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Health
8:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care

In Belleville, Kan., Rachel Svaty, a medical student, learns with real-world, hands-on training alongside her mentor, Cayle Goertzen, a practicing family doctor.
Aileen LeBlanc KMUW

The KMUW news department is working on an extensive piece exploring the balance between primary care doctors and specialty physicians.

In this preview, you'll hear some of the people and situations that KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has gathered for the story.

You'll meet patients in Belleville, a student doctor, her mentor there and the head of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

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Affordable Care Act
7:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Sebelius Defends Affordable Care Act To Kansans

Credit Healthcare.gov

The rampant glitches that have plagued the federally-operated health insurance marketplace have been the focus of a lot of political heat. It's prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fire back with a full-throated defense of the law that created the exchanges, the Affordable Care Act.

THE PROBLEM

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Wichita Public Schools
4:41 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Wichita Schools Notify Parents Of Vaccine Mandate

School nurses in Wichita have been notifying parents that their kids can't go to school if they're not up to date on their required immunizations.

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Health
7:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Medicare Sign-Up Season Is Here

The annual enrollment period for Medicare's prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It's the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.

This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.

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Health
7:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Officials: Do Not Swim In These 5 Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials say five Kansas lakes have dangerous levels of toxic algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following lakes:

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Health
7:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Puts WIC Checks For Mothers In Jeopardy

If the shutdown of the federal government continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.

KDHE has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.

Dave Thomason, who heads the federally-funded Women Infants and Children supplemental food program in Kansas, says withholding checks dated later than October is a precautionary response to the federal shutdown.

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Health
6:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.

Our guests were:

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