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.

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6:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New National Policy On HIV Cuts Funds To Kansas

As part of national HIV awareness month in July Morning Edition has been looking at the state of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

This morning we hear about how a recent change in public policy intended to reform HIV care will deplete services in Kansas and many other mid-western states.

Two years ago the Obama Administration released the nation’s first ever strategy to combat HIV and AIDS.

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7:01 am
Mon July 23, 2012

460 Patients at Hays Medical Center Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C

Hays Medical Center and state health officials are trying to reach 460 people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C two years ago.

Health Reform
8:23 am
Wed July 11, 2012

KS Lieutenant Governor: Health Care Law Too Complicated

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer told a US House panel Tuesday that the federal health care law threatens patients, taxpayers, states, and the fiscal health of the country.

6:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Kansas Health Information Exchange Launches July 1

A RN uses electronic medical records.
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A statewide digital network to exchange health records goes live Sunday and Wichita providers will be among the first in the state to start sharing information.

The Kansas Health Information Exchange has been years in the making.

Stakeholders began preliminary work on the infrastructure in 2005, and then governor Kathleen Sebilius accelerated efforts in 2007 with the establishment of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Commission.

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2:09 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Area Clinics Offer Free HIV Tests On National HIV Testing Day

An HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon.
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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and two sites in Wichita will be offering free screenings along with extra goodies for anyone who gets tested.

While free HIV screenings are available at various sites across the county any day, KU School of Medicine Wichita and Hunter Health Clinic will be offering a little extra incentive on National HIV Testing Day.

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9:19 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Health Law Brings $1.7 Million In Grants To KS Clinics

Familiar sights in a doctor's office.
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday announced 1.7 million dollars in grants to three safety-net clinics in Kansas.

The grants were awarded to centers all over the US and were made possible through the Affordable Care Act, which expands community health centers.

Grant recipients in Kansas were Heartland Medical Clinic in Lawrence, Health Partnership Clinic in Overland Park and Health Ministries in Newton.

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4:26 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

KDHE Says Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Kansas

Kansas has had more cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the first half of this year than in all of last year. Health officials have confirmed 56 cases. Charlie Hunt is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It’s not something that’s in the environment, so it’s person-to-person transmission,” Hunt says. “It’s trying to survive, just like the rest of us, I suppose.”

Hunt says the highly contagious disease comes in cycles.

“I think that we’re in a cycle right now, with pertussis, where we’re just going to be seeing an increase,” Hunt says.

12:19 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

'Clinic In A Can' Headed To Haiti In August

A self-contained portable medical clinic will be sent to Haiti this August. The non-profit organization Hospitals of Hope began the program Clinic In A Can in 2005 to serve those without access to basic medical care.

Ten shipping containers have been converted to these portable mini-hospitals and have been sent to places such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, West Africa and Sudan.

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10:56 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Insurers, Employers Playing Larger Role In Combating Obesity

Obesity is costly for both individuals and insurers.
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Recent reports and actions by state and national government indicate doctors, insurers and employers will play a large role in combating the nation’s obesity epidemic.

At a routine doctor visit you usually know what to expect. The doctor or nurse will take your height, your blood pressure, listen to your heart, weigh you - and increasingly calculate your BMI.

Body Mass Index, the standard, yet not always accurate, measurement of body fat, can let a person know if they are overweight or obese.

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