Health

Health
2:42 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Dr. George Tiller’s Former Clinic Sold

The clinic formerly operated by the late Dr. George Tiller in Wichita has been purchased by a group that intends to reopen it as a medical facility for women.

Trust Women Foundation Inc. Executive Director Julie Burkhart says her Wichita-based nonprofit bought the clinic in late August. An attorney for Dr. Tiller’s widow also confirmed the sale.

Burkhart is a former Tiller employee. She has said in the past that she was involved in efforts to open a new clinic in Wichita.

Read more
Health
7:45 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Blue Cross Plan Picked As Benchmark For Kansas Exchange

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas executive Matt All addresses a recent Essential Health Benefits hearing in Topeka.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

The Kansas Insurance Department says a Blue Cross plan should set the standard for essential health benefits for all individual and small group health plans sold on the coming exchange in Kansas.

Medicaid Reform
7:18 am
Fri September 21, 2012

KanCare Online Comment Period Closes Friday

Friday is your last chance to post comments online for federal health officials to consider in their decision on privatization of the Kansas Medicaid program.

Health
6:44 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Summit Focused On Strategies To Combat Obesity

Participants in the obesity summit reach for the ceiling as part of a mid-morning activity break.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

More than 60 percent of Kansans are classified as overweight or obese, and summit in Topeka Thursday was aimed at finding ways to tackle that problem.

Governor Sam Brownback told the gathering about the steps he’s had to take to control his weight - specifically, watching his eating.

Brownback has a simple message for people fighting obesity: don’t give up.

“Most of America struggles with weight at one time or another,” he said. “This is not an unusual situation that you are in or that anybody else is in. We all have, just don’t give up.”

Read more
Health Reform
3:24 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Insurance Commissioner Urges Health Care Plans

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.

During a meeting with health care officials Wednesday, Praeger said if Kansas doesn’t pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the state.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states have until September 30th to decide what benefits will be included in a health insurance exchange.

Health Reform
6:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Advocates Talk Health Insurance Requirements In Meeting

The state of Kansas will need to write new standards for health insurance policies as part of the federal health care law. State officials will need to decide on the minimum coverage requirements for policies sold on a state health insurance exchange.

At a public meeting in Topeka Wednesday, the Kansas Insurance Department took public comments on the standards.

Some advocates at the meeting argued for more comprehensive benefits, especially for children. Pediatrician and KU Med professor Pam Shaw would like to see more extensive benefits for vision and dental care.

Read more
Health
6:25 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Community Baby Showers To Be Held Saturday To Combat SIDS

A baby sleeping in an unsafe manner.

Kansas has the 4th highest Sudden Infant Death syndrome or SIDS rate in the US, and it’s even higher for black children.

An area group organized community baby showers to be held in Wichita Saturday, to promote good health and safe sleep for babies.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer Tuesday issued a proclamation at the City Council meeting recognizing “A Healthy Baby Begins With You Day”.

SIDS Network Director Christi Schunn says the infant mortality rate in Kansas among black infants is the highest in the country.

Read more
Health
1:28 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kansas Resubmits Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration resubmitted a Medicaid waiver proposal to the federal government after the first proposal needed to be withdrawn.

The state needs the waiver in order to use federal Medicaid dollars for the Brownback administration’s managed care plan, called KanCare.

State officials withdrew a proposal that was submitted April 26 after realizing that they had not notified Haskell Health Center in Lawrence and the White Cloud Health Station.

Medicaid Reform
7:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

KanCare Waiver Request Resubmitted To Federal Officials

It’s a little bit later than planned, but the State of Kansas has resubmitted its request for federal authority to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

Insurance Premiums
2:06 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State Reviewing Health Insurance Rate Increases

State insurance regulators have started closely reviewing health insurance premiums that increase by 10 percent or more.

In the past, the state insurance department didn’t review rate hike proposals of less than 12 percent.

The change complies with a requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act, which Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration strongly opposes.

The Kansas Department of Insurance is led by an elected commissioner, who is not part of the executive branch.

Read more

Pages