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1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

More State Employees To Become Eligible For Health Benefits

More than 2,000 employees will become eligible for full-time health benefits starting Jan. 1st.

Director Mike Michael of the Kansas State Employee Health Plan says the expansion is the result of the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to provide the benefits to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

The state health plan previously required people to work at least 36 hours a week to be eligible for full-time benefits.

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3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Abortion Referrals Case Back Before Kansas Board

A Kansas board is considering whether to continue barring a physician from practicing medicine after scrutinizing her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions and finding that she kept inadequate records.

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12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Donor Breast Milk Gives Preemies A Fighting Chance

Credit Courtesy Wesley Medical Center

More than 6,000 babies are delivered annually at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, 1,000 of them require special care. And for a certain at-risk population in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit even more care is needed. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

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12:51 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Kansas Health Centers Seek New Clinic Sites

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.

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12:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Efforts Underway To Correct Problems At Osawatomie State Hospital

Officials are taking steps to correct problems at the over-crowded Osawatomie State Hospital.

The problems recently led a federal agency to threaten to cut off funding. Jim McLean reports...

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12:23 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Funding For Kansas’ Largest Mental Health Hospital In Jeopardy

Kansas officials must now find another $40 million dollars for the state's Medicaid program known as KanCare between now and the end of the budget year. Jim McLean reports...

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2:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Marketplace Open; KS Premiums Comparable To 2014

Credit healthcare.gov

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.

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12:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

KU School of Medicine Conducts Study of Poor Leg Circulation

Dr. Tracie Collins, Dept. Chair for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Credit Deborah Shaar

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.

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5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hutchinson's Red Cross Chapter Closes Its Doors

Hutchinson's Red Cross chapter will close its doors on Friday, November 14.
Credit Abigail Wilson

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…

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12:23 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

KHI Grant To Explore Efficiencies In Public Health

The Topeka-based Kansas Health Institute has received a half-million dollar grant for its efforts to help public health departments find ways to work together.

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