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8:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Affordable Care Act May Prevent Trips To The ER

An ignored aching tooth can cause serious health issues down the road. GraceMed Health Clinic offers dental care among its services.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Listen to Aileen LeBlanc's full report on how the Affordable Care Act could get people the health care they need before it turns into a life-threatening situation.

The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.

Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients.

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Health
4:22 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Health Care Navigators Are Ready To Go To Work

A recent Pew Research poll found that nationally only a quarter of respondents said they understand “very well” what the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?

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Health
7:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Affordable Care Act Debate Continues Before Congress

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will testify before a joint congressional subcommittee in Washington Wednesday about potential challenges for states under the federal health care overhaul.

Colyer says it's important for Congress to hear concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which was passed into law in 2010.

Colyer is a surgeon and says the law is flawed and detrimental to ordinary Americans.

President Obama and others say the act will help millions of uninsured Americans find health coverage. The online marketplace to help them do so launches October 1.

Health
7:47 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Kan. Plans Events On Medicaid Changes For Disabled

Kansas officials have scheduled four meetings next week to discuss how people with disabilities will be affected when they're included in an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program.

The Department for Aging and Disability Services says the meetings are intended for physically and developmentally disabled Kansans, their families and groups that provided services. The sessions will give those parties a chance to ask questions about the overhaul.

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KanCare
5:13 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colyer Says KanCare Will Achieve Promised Savings

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the state's new Medicaid managed care program will deliver on its promise to save $1 billion over five years.

Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.

"And the big stick in this is, we're going to hold back half a billion dollars from the insurers over the next five years," Colyer says.

Health
7:25 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Watchdog: KS Nursing Home Requirements Too Weak

A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.

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Health
7:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Brownback To Discuss Waiting List For Disabled

Gov. Brownback has scheduled a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Topeka, with Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer.

They will talk about shrinking waiting lists for disabled Kansas residents who are seeking in-home services.

Colyer is a surgeon who led the overhaul of the state's Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy and disabled.

Kansas turned over administration of most of the Medicaid program to three private health insurance companies at the beginning of the year.

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Health
7:33 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Wolf Creek Back To Normal, But New Problems Surface

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the only nuclear power plant in Kansas off of its special "watch list" for plants with problems needing closer scrutiny.

The NRC has listed Wolf Creek in the “degraded performance” category for more than a year. That’s the next-to-the-lowest of four ratings. Those problems have been resolved, and the plant has been upgraded to normal status.

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Affordable Care Act
2:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers

Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, discusses the impact of the new Affordable Care Act at a workshop in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act.

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