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10:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

KU Med Expanding Services for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The center provides weekly rehab services to 25 patients who have fairly severe MS symptoms. When the remodeled facility opens next year, it will have space and equipment to serve up to 100 patients.

Dr. Sharon Lynch, who directs the program, says traditional rehab programs provide only a few weeks of direct services, and then expect the patient to continue at home.

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10:19 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Sedgwick County Runs Out Of Flu Vaccine For Uninsured Adults

The Sedgwick County Health Department has run out of flu vaccine for uninsured adults

The agency says the vaccine is still available for children, regardless of whether they're insured. Uninsured children are charged on a sliding fee scale based on family income.

Remaining flu vaccinations can be administered at the health department's clinic in Wichita.

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9:54 am
Tue February 18, 2014

House Committee Reviews Bill That Would Allow Kansas To Opt Out Of The ACA

A proposal to allow Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul is being reviewed by the house Federal and State Affairs Committee.

The bill would bring Kansas into a compact among states to take control of health care policy within their borders.

The compact is the project of the conservative, Texas-based group Competitive Governance Action.

Congress would have to approve the compact and cede power to the states on health care. Compact supporters think that's a possibility if Republicans control both chambers.

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10:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kansas Dentists Say KanCare Reimbursement Rates Are Too Low

Some Kansas dentists say low reimbursement rates and slow KanCare claims processing are keeping them from accepting new patients covered by the state's managed care program.

Manhattan dentist E. Hamrick Swan Jr. says the reimbursement rate for KanCare patients is about 40 percent of his fee.

While he still takes KanCare patients, he said he has to limit the number of new ones he can accept.

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11:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Domestic Violence Reports In Kansas At A 20-Year High

Joyce Grover, who heads the Kansas Coalition, says the number of domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in 2012 represented a 20-year high.

“There is a domestic violence incident that has occurred in Kansas every 21 minutes,” Grover says. “Law enforcement made a domestic violence arrest every 39 minutes and one domestic murder every 15 days.”

In fact, says Grover, more than one in four homicides in Kansas is domestic violence-related.

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10:12 am
Thu February 13, 2014

KS Nursing Home Watchdog Cites Atchison Among Top Performers

The Dooley Center, in Atchison, has not been cited for a single violation the past three years. Mitzi McFatrich, who heads Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says 20 have had five or fewer deficiencies in the last three years.

“None of them are citations that are related to actual harm of a resident, immediate jeopardy of a resident, or mistreatment of a resident,” McFatrich said.

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9:50 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Bill Would Require Cities To Tell Residents That Fluoride Slows Brain Development In Children

Oral health advocates in Kansas are pushing back against an effort to require cities that put fluoride in their water to tell residents that fluoride lowers the IQ in children.

Wichita Representative Steve Brunk has introduced a bill in the House requiring the IQ notification. It's based on a 2012 Harvard study that found a correlation between slower brain development and increased levels of fluoride in water.

That study focused on children in China, which unlike the U.S., has a high natural presence of fluoride in its water.

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9:49 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Health Officials Report 16 Deaths Caused By Influenza

State health officials say 16 Kansans have died from the influenza during the current flu season.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says at this time last year, 42 people had died from the flu.

The state's reporting period is from September to May.

The H1N1 flu strain this season is the same strain that caused killed more than 18,000 people in the U.S. in 2009.

But state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says this year's strain won't be as severe because people have developed more immunity to that strain.

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6:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Conference Call Today May Be Last Chance To Comment Before Disability Services Rolled Into KanCare

What: Conference call for public comment/questions regarding disability services being rolled into KanCare, state's privately managed Medicaid program.

When: Today (Jan. 22) 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Conference Call Number: 1-800-811-9422.

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10:03 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dept. Of Health Seeing High Number Of Influenza Cases

Health officials say the state is seeing a high number of influenza cases this year.

The state Department of Health and Environment reports 5 percent of visits to clinic sites it monitors were due to influenza-like illness.

The KDHE says flu or pneumonia contributed to 510 deaths during the current season, which began September 1st.

We've also seen a re-emergence of the A/H1N1 strain as the dominant virus.

The same strain caused a pandemic in 2009.

The agency is encouraging people eaged six months and older to get vaccinated.

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