The author of the report, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an adult from Atchison County has the state's first case of West Nile virus this year.
KDHE says on its website that a mosquito sample in Sedgwick County has also tested positive for West Nile, a virus that can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms include headaches and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain.
West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months.
A new program will deliver tips to new parents over their cell phones.
The Kansas Early Childhood Advisory Council and Kansas Project LAUNCH have awarded $40,000 in mini-grants to communities across the state. The money will help promote a texting campaign designed to provide parents with easy access to health information.
Project coordinator Cristi Cain says that the program's key demographic is low-income mothers, who are active texters and are more likely to be reached that way.
KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.
The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households. The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are KanCare, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.