Even with the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans still lack health insurance. For them, safety net clinics are a lifeline. These clinics provide primary care for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Today there are federally-funded clinics in 21 Kansas counties, but as Bryan Thompson explains, there soon could be more.
The federal health insurance marketplace opened for its second year of business Saturday. Bryan Thompson has the highlights.
Predictions of double-digit rate increases this year haven’t come true. A review by the non-profit Kansas Health Institute finds that, on average, premiums for plans sold in Kansas are up just one-tenth of one percent. But the average isn’t what matters to consumers.
Every plan is different. Some do have double-digit increases, but some have double-digit price drops.
Doctors at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita are trying to find ways to successfully treat a common illness that often starts with poor leg circulation. Their study of ‘peripheral arterial disease’--or P.A.D.--focuses on African-Americans, who are twice as likely as others to develop the disease. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.
P.A.D. develops when arteries become clogged with plaque that in turn limits blood flow, causing pain in the leg and making walking difficult.
After 97 years in operation, the Red Cross Chapter in Hutchinson will close its doors Friday. The change comes in the wake of a restructuring by the Red Cross as part of the new ‘Vision 2017’ program. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…
The man who has headed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the past four years is stepping down. Dr. Robert Moser announced late Monday that he will leave the agency at the end of the month. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.