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7:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Brownback Resisting 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Measure

Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders are resisting a group's effort to include an "fetal heartbeat" abortion measure on the agenda for legislators in September.

Gov. Brownback is calling lawmakers into special session on September 3 to rewrite the state's "Hard 50" criminal sentencing law.

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7:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

KanCare Recipients Need To Watch Their Mailboxes Soon

KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.

The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households. The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are KanCare, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.

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7:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Medicaid Will Still See Changes

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program, or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act is coming and it's bringing some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate or not.

The changes are outlined in a new report from the non-profit Kansas Health Institute.

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7:34 am
Mon July 22, 2013

8 Lakes In Kansas You Need To Be Warned About

Swimming, skiing and other direct water contact is banned at six Kansas lakes because of toxic blue-green algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the lakes are:

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Health
7:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summertime Leaves Red Cross In Urgent Need For Donors

Landon Freund received 10 blood transfusions after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
Credit Courtesy photo

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal to help boost the blood supply following the Independence Day Holiday.

Blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation.

Donors of all blood types are needed and those with O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. There’s a critical need for platelet donors as well.

Donor Leslee Freund knows all too well about the importance of giving blood.

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7:21 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Chanute Colonoscopy Patients Put At Risk For Disease

A hospital in Chanute is asking 244 patients who received colonoscopies to get tested for communicable diseases; the southeast hospital says its equipment wasn't properly cleaned and disinfected.

Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute says the risk that anyone was infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low - but not zero - so it is encouraging patients who have received colonoscopies since early January to get tested for those diseases.

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11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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6:39 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Look At KanCare's First Three Months

State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.

The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.

The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.

It shows that a total of more than 344,000 Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months. At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000, a drop of more than 20,000 people.

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8:46 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KU Doctors Fix 3-Week-Old Girl's Aneurysm With Super Glue

Gina Julian talks to her daughter, Ashlyn, after her surgery.
Credit Keith Myers of the Kansas City Star / Kansas City Star

Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital expect a three-week-old girl to make a full recovery after they closed an aneurysm in her brain…using super glue.

Jared and Gina Julian knew there was something wrong with their three-week-old daughter, Ashlyn, when she suddenly began screaming.

Her mother says "She was very stiff, and then very rag-doll limp. And then... not super responsive." Later that night after Ashlyn threw up a second time, her parents went to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

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8:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KS Medicare Users: Your Statements Are Changing This Month

Kansas residents who receive Medicare benefits will soon see new information on their claim statements. These changes include:

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