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1:12 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Dr. Robert Moser Steps Down From KDHE Post

Dr. Robert Moser
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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.

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8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Topeka To Offer Alternative Sentencing Court

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The City of Topeka is launching an effort to provide treatment, instead of jail, for people whose misdemeanor crimes are linked to mental illness.

The city will use a $91,000 grant from the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to fund an Alternative Sentencing Court next year. 

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12:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Veterans Choice Cards To Arrive In KS Soon

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The VA has begun mailing cards to veterans who may need medical care outside the VA health care system. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.

The cards are called Veterans Choice Cards. They’re intended for veterans who live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA health care facility—or who have faced excessive wait times for appointments.

With the card, veterans can get care from any medical provider who accepts Medicare, any federally-qualified health center, the Indian Health Service, or the Defense Department.

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Health
9:07 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Many Disabled Kansans Struggle With KanCare

A new study by the University of Kansas finds many Kansans with disabilities are having difficulty getting services through KanCare, the privatized Medicaid managed care program created by the Brownback Administration. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the study questions whether the financial savings from privatization are worth the human costs.

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7:22 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Report Shows Drop In Kansas Immunization Rate

A new report on the well-being of Kansas children shows a steep drop in the number of kids who are fully immunized by the age of two, as recommended.

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12:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

KU Hospital Better Prepared for Ebola

Dr. Lee Norman speaking to reporters.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Medical workers at the University of Kansas Hospital say they now have more knowledge about Ebola after taking care of a man who turned out not to have the disease.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Norman says there was a lot for them to learn.

"Most certainly, the learning curve is extremely steep as we get information from our colleagues around the country," he says. 

Norman says they're now better prepared to deal with any real cases of Ebola that should appear in the area.

He says he's pleased with the containment unit they built to house the man.

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7:12 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Wesley Medical Center Assures Preparedness For Ebola

Wesley Medical Center officials say they are "prepared to follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, including isolating patients and taking proper infection control precautions to avoid exposure and exposing others."

According to an information sheet containing facts about the Ebola virus, these infection control precautions include:

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11:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Brownback Announces Kansas' Ebola Contingency Plan

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Governor Sam Brownback has ordered a special team be created to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in Kansas.

The governor's office also wants to come up with $4 million dollars that could be used in an emergency. Governor Brownback is asking the federal government to provide an emergency cleanup team and federal disposal of Ebola-related waste, if needed.

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9:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

From Wichita To Liberia, A Local Effort To Curb Ebola Epidemic

A fully-functioning clinic is displayed at Clinic in a Can in Wichita
Sean Sandefur

Original Air Date 9-29-14

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of close to 3,000 people. The Center for Disease Control estimates that rates of infection will eclipse a million people by January of next year. A Wichita organization that turns shipping containers into medical clinics is trying to do its part to help keep those numbers from growing. 

 

Matt Hamer of Clinic in a Can unlatches the doors of what, on the outside, appears to be a pearly white shipping container.

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11:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Expert Tells Older Kansans 'ACA Strengthens Medicare'

The top Medicare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation says the health care program for older Americans is stronger today than it was four years ago-and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is the reason why. Bryan Thompson spoke with Tricia Neuman while she was in Salina for an annual senior fair.

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