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.
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.
More than 2,000 people are expected to take advantage of free dental work Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions.
The Kansas Mission of Mercy has returned to Wichita for the first time since 2006. Back then, 1900 people took advantage of an estimated $1 million of free dental care including cleanings, fillings and extractions.
Newly-published research from the University of Kansas shows prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA reduce the risk of severely-premature birth and low birth weight.
Babies who are born before 34 weeks of gestation are typically very tiny, and are at elevated risk of death or disability. A five-year study by University of Kansas researchers Susan Carlson and John Colombo says those outcomes are much less likely when mothers-to-be take DHA supplements.
March of Dimes Medical Director Edward McCabe says the study is highly credible.
A new poll done for the Kansas Hospital Association shows that 60 percent of Kansans support expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults. Association CEO Tom Bell said that support increases to 70 percent when Kansans learn that saying "no" to expansion would cost the state $800 million in increased federal funding.
"Regardless of whether or not we take advantage of this opportunity, our folks in Kansas are going to continue to pay taxes to the federal government, and those tax moneys are going to go to fund Medicaid expansion in some other state," Bell said.
The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.
That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."
Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.