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6:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Conference Call Today May Be Last Chance To Comment Before Disability Services Rolled Into KanCare

What: Conference call for public comment/questions regarding disability services being rolled into KanCare, state's privately managed Medicaid program.

When: Today (Jan. 22) 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Conference Call Number: 1-800-811-9422.

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10:03 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dept. Of Health Seeing High Number Of Influenza Cases

Health officials say the state is seeing a high number of influenza cases this year.

The state Department of Health and Environment reports 5 percent of visits to clinic sites it monitors were due to influenza-like illness.

The KDHE says flu or pneumonia contributed to 510 deaths during the current season, which began September 1st.

We've also seen a re-emergence of the A/H1N1 strain as the dominant virus.

The same strain caused a pandemic in 2009.

The agency is encouraging people eaged six months and older to get vaccinated.

Health
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kansas Hospital Association Working On Medicaid Expansion Alternative

The Kansas Hospital Association is working on an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

Hospital Association Vice President Cindy Samuelson says that the association doesn't know what form its proposal will take.

But it has hired a firm headed by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help with a plan.

One option is to use additional federal funds promised under the federal health care law to help Kansans buy private coverage.

Arkansas and Iowa are taking that approach.

Health
10:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion

Credit Julia Schwinn-Holen

85,000 uninsured Kansans have found themselves in the so-called Medicaid gap, unable to receive federal or state funding to help cover healthcare costs. Governor Brownback has deferred the issue to state lawmakers. Many local residents spoke about the issue at a legislative forum.

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8:58 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014

Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.

Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.

The Republican-dominated Legislature's displeasure with the federal health care overhaul led it to reject the expansion, which would be paid for with federal dollars.

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10:19 am
Wed December 18, 2013

OSHA Lablels Tyson Foods Plant In Hutchinson A 'Severe Violator'

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson for more safety violations.

OSHA labeled the plant a severe violator, meaning future inspections will ensure the violations have been corrected.

OSHA also recommended a $147,000 fine for four violations found during a recent inspection.

A worker's hand was severed in June while he and three others were cleaning a conveyor belt; his arm was pulled into the equipment.

Health
11:23 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Delay Urged For Moving Developmentally Disabled Kansans Into KanCare

The National Council on Disability says federal officials should delay Kansas’ plan to move services for the developmentally disabled into its Medicaid managed care program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the council’s recommendation is the latest development in a long running battle over including disabled Kansans in KanCare.

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1:18 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

CMS Offers Some Health Care Marketplace Tips

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8:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Unusually High Number Of Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County health officials are reporting an unusually high number of cases of whooping cough this year.

The county health department says it's received 27 reported cases of the illness so far this month.

That's more than in any month in the past five years.

Whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It's highly contagious and causes violent, rapid coughing.

Health officials say babies are especially at risk because they're too young to be vaccinated.

Health
8:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Oversight Committee Hears Status Update On Medicaid Changes, State Insurance Exchange

A legislative oversight committee is meeting on Monday to hear a status report on changes made to the state's Medicaid program.

The state contracted with three private managed-care organizations earlier this year; they administer Medicaid programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight will hear from groups that represent developmentally disabled and community-based service providers.

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