Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas is seeing an outbreak of whooping cough cases.
All schools within the Wamego School District have had free vaccination clinics for staff members. A clinic for students was held Wednesday at West Elementary, the hardest hit school in the district Pottawatomie County has had 17 confirmed cases reported. Last year, the county had just one case.
The state has 172 confirmed cases so far this year, compared to 405 cases in all of 2013.
For some parents, the beginning of the school year has scarier implications than a child riding the bus for the first time or not finding the right classroom. Food allergies are on the rise, and in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools, students and staff and parents have to be more vigilant than ever. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…
Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.
The changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.
January of 2013, Kansas turned the management of its $3 billion Medicaid program over to three big, for-profit companies and renamed it KanCare.
At the time, Governor Sam Brownback said privatizing Medicaid would both reduce costs and improve the care provided to low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, more than a year after KanCare's launch, questions remain about how well it's working.
Find more information here about KanCare and how its working.
The Working Well Award recognizes outstanding employers in Sedgwick County who demonstrate extraordinary success in worksite wellness. Awards are given to applicants who provide a supportive and healthy environment for their employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.
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Health officials say none of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013.
The state set a goal to have all claims without mistakes processed in 20 days and all claims processed in 60 days.
An August report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state's three KanCare providers - Amerigroup, Sunflower Health and United Healthcare - failed to meet that benchmark in any month last year.