10:35 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kansas Insurance May Soon Include Autism Coverage

A bill awaiting the governor's signature would require health insurance sold in Kansas to include coverage for autism services-at least in a limited fashion.

The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.

He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years.

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10:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Kansas Senate Considers State Health Care Compact

The Senate is also taking up a bill to bring Kansas into a multi-state compact asking to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act.

If Senators pass the bill today, it will go to Governor Sam Brownback.

The House approved it last month.

If the U.S. Congress consents, the compact lets participating states remove themselves from all federal health regulations.

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12:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kansas Adds 51 Counties To PACE Program

A federal-state program to help older Kansans stay in their own homes is being expanded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Bryan Thompson reports that PACE is for people 55 and older, who qualify for nursing home care

PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly--and that's just what it is: all-inclusive.

Services are provided at adult day health centers, at home, and at inpatient facilities.

PACE provides all services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. It covers things such as (but not limited to):

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1:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Topeka Hospital to Collaborate with Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic
Credit Sabine.ritzinger

Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare has become the first health system in Kansas to partner with the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The deal will give local patients access to the expertise of the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic.

The relationship will include eConsults with experts at the Mayo Clinic. In essence, the eConsult is a long-distance second opinion.

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10:17 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansas Healthcare Navigators Slammed With Requests Ahead Of ACA Deadline

Consumers and health care counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace on Monday.

They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so health care counselors, or navigators.

The non-profit group reported that their schedules were packed with appointments ahead of the deadline.

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10:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas County Health Rankings Show Wide Gap

The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.

Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.

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11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care

The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.

The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.

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11:19 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Bill To Would Mandate Health Coverage For Autistic Children Making Progress

Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.

The issue has been the topic of debate in the Statehouse for several sessions and is moving closer to reality. Coverage would help families cope with the cost of providing treatment for autistic children.

The House voted 114-3 on Friday to send the bill to the Senate where its passage was uncertain.

10:49 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State House Debates Legislature To Exempt Kansas From The Affordable Care Act

The state House will soon debate whether Kansas should join a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care law.

The bill on today's agenda would also let participating states remove themselves from other federal health regulations if Congress consents.

Critics call the measure symbolic and say Congress wouldn't approve such a compact.

10:08 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Senate Approves Regulation For Health Care Navigators

The Senate has also approved regulations for counselors who help people navigate the online insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

The bill requires these health care navigators to register with the attorney general's office by July 2015, to submit their fingerprints, and to undergo background checks.

The attorney general's office also will handle complaints about navigators.

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