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Health
7:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sebelius Sets Aside $1.7 Million For Community Health Centers In Kansas

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $150 million in new grant money for federally-funded community health centers around the country.

The grants--at least $55,000 each--are through the Affordable Care Act and only available to safety net clinics that are already federally funded. More than $1.7 million has been set aside for 16 community health centers in Kansas.

Sebelius says they'll use the money to help uninsured patients determine their eligibility and compare coverage options.

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Medicaid
3:33 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Advocates Seek Reduction In Medicaid Waiting-List Rolls

Advocates for Kansans with disabilities are urging legislators to adopt Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reduce the number of people on the waiting list for Medicaid services.

Currently, about 5,000 Kansans with developmental and physical disabilities are on the list. Brownback wants to spend $18 million to provide services to approximately 600 of them.

Advocates are using a video to help make their case to lawmakers. It features parents of disabled Kansans and some of the caseworkers who are trying to help them gain access to services.

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Health
6:27 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita

A competitive bidding program aimed at helping Medicare avoid overpaying for products like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks is being expanded to 91 communities nationwide, including Wichita.

The program began a little more than two years ago as a demonstration project in nine communities, including Kansas City.

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2013 Legislative Session
4:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws for testing people who may have been exposed to some contagious diseases.

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Health
6:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday

KanCare participants have until April 4 to select their insurance provider.
Credit KPR

The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare.

The KanCare program assigned each member to one of three private companies administering the benefits as of the first of the year. Members who prefer to switch to a different company have to do so no later than this Thursday.

At a recent educational meeting in Hays, KDHE policy and program analyst Effie Swanson said one reason to switch might be if your doctor is not signed up with your health plan’s network.

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Health
10:24 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Abortions In Kansas Down 5.4 Percent

According to a report issued Friday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment there were 7,457 abortions reported in 2012, which is 428 fewer than were reported in 2011.

The preliminary report, Abortions in Kansas 2012is an analysis of data collected by the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Which Kansas Counties Are Healthiest?

A map showing the distribution of 2013 health outcomes. Counties in white rank highest in heath outcomes and those in dark green rank the lowest.
Credit Kansas Health Institute

The latest Kansas County Health Rankings have been released and Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.

Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy. 

Sedgwick County came in at 72 out of 102 counties ranked.

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2013 Legislative Session
11:14 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Kansas House Passes Bill Restricting Abortion Providers' Funding, Access To Schools

The state House has given final approval to a bill that restricts funding, access to schools, and further regulates abortion providers.

House bill 2253 passed on a 92-31 vote Wednesday and now heads to the Senate. Republican leaders there are promising their chamber will now consider the bill quickly.

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Health
6:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

More Than 1 In 3 Counties Lack A KanCare Dentist

More than 1 in 3 Kansas counties do not have a dentist that will accept the KanCare insurance plan.
Credit Courtesy-Kansas Dental Project

A new report from the Kansas Dental Project finds that dental services are unavailable in more than one third of the counties in Kansas for people covered by KanCare. KanCare is the new, privatized Medicaid system in Kansas. 

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Health
6:32 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sen. Roberts Says Bill Would Improve SNAP, Save Money

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has introduced a bill to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

Sen. Roberts says the bill would save $36 billion over ten years by eliminating waste, and closing loopholes in the program.

“There were literally billions of dollars in savings that we could find without ever touching the food on the table, or in the kitchen cupboard, for the millions of Americans who rely on this program to help feed their families," he says.

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