Oppositional defiant disorder, ODD is characterized as argumentative, hostile, defiant behavior, and is reported to affect up to 16 percent of young people. Sometimes ODD is one of several behavioral disorders that can cause problems at school and at home. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...
Families who must live with ODD face a sensitive and often difficult path. Because of that we are not using actual names for this story.
“Mrs. Smith” lives in Sumner County. Several years ago, she married into a family which included a child who showed signs of having the disorder.
Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas.
A bill mandating such coverage has now been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback.
“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism," Brownback says. "This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society.”
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger joined representatives of AARP and other consumer groups at a Statehouse press conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill aimed at freeing Kansas and other states from federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Praeger said if Brownback signs the bill it could be a bad political move given the popularity of the Medicare program with Kansas seniors.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, the Kansas state chapter of AARP, and several other groups are calling on Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill authorizing Kansas’s membership in an interstate health care compact.
Bill supporters say the compact would free the state from the new Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and allow it to control Medicaid and Medicare spending within its borders.
Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.
KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.
Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.
Health officials say even those who become infected are highly unlikely to get sick from TB.
The state of Kansas has a special program to help some people who have suffered serious brain injuries. It's a part of the Medicaid program, but is managed under a waiver from the federal government. That waiver is up for renewal, some people are concerned that access to the program may be cut back.
A new poll is out showing that most Kansas voters favor expanding eligibility for Medicaid. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the poll also indicates that the expansion issue could make a difference in the governor’s race.