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1:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KanCare Providers Miss Benchmark For Timeliness In Claims Processing In 2013

Health officials say none of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013.

The state set a goal to have all claims without mistakes processed in 20 days and all claims processed in 60 days.

An August report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state's three KanCare providers - Amerigroup, Sunflower Health and United Healthcare - failed to meet that benchmark in any month last year.

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12:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Kansans Could Lose Health Insurance Over Questions About Citizenship

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 1,800 Kansans who chose health insurance through HealthCare.gov could lose their coverage over questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

The department says the 1,800 Kansans had inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration information when they signed up on the federal health insurance marketplace.

They must send in proof of their legal status by Sept. 5 or they will lose their coverage by the end of September.

Health
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gallup Poll Shows Kansas Saw Significant Increase of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas saw a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year, while states expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

Kansas, which has not expanded its Medicaid program through the health care law saw the adult uninsured rate rise from 12 percent last year to nearly 18 percent during the first half of this year. It's the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the nation according to data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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5:22 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kansas Only State In Nation With Significant Increase Of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year. Meanwhile, states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines in their rates.

The adult uninsured rate in Kansas rose from 12.5 percent last year to more than 17.5 percent during the first half of this year, giving it the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the U.S. Research director Dan Witters did not offer an explanation for the growth in Kansas uninsured.

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Health
11:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Advocates Push For Required Heart Screenings For Newborn Infants

Kansas is one of only 10 states that don’t require newborns be screened for a critical heart problem, but state health officials have been working to educate health care providers about the benefits of the testing.

Most hospitals and birthing facilities in Kansas do screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease despite not being required to do so. But about a third do not, those are mostly in rural areas that don’t have a lot of births.

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11:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Four Kansas Clinics Receive ACA Funds For Behavioral Care

Four safety net clinics in Kansas have been awarded federal funding to create or expand mental health services for low-income Kansans.

Bryan Thompson reports that funding is part of almost $55 million dollars in similar grants nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.

The four clinics will each receive $250,000. The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas saw 2,500 patients for mental health issues last year. CEO Krista Postai intends to use the new money to integrate medical and behavioral care.

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Health
11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Seniors Save Millions On Rx Due To ACA

A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says Kansans on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

You probably know about the mandate to buy health insurance, the glitches in the federal exchange, and the Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

But did you know that the health care law also helps Medicare beneficiaries who pay high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?

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Health
11:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Kansas City's Aid For Women Clinic Shuts Its Doors

One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.

The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday. It's referring patients to two clinics in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.

Retiring clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.

Health
10:03 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to "begging, borrowing and manipulation" to obtain vital surgical equipment. Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.

Health
12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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