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11:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Four Kansas Clinics Receive ACA Funds For Behavioral Care

Four safety net clinics in Kansas have been awarded federal funding to create or expand mental health services for low-income Kansans.

Bryan Thompson reports that funding is part of almost $55 million dollars in similar grants nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.

The four clinics will each receive $250,000. The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas saw 2,500 patients for mental health issues last year. CEO Krista Postai intends to use the new money to integrate medical and behavioral care.

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11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Seniors Save Millions On Rx Due To ACA

A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says Kansans on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

You probably know about the mandate to buy health insurance, the glitches in the federal exchange, and the Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

But did you know that the health care law also helps Medicare beneficiaries who pay high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?

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11:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Kansas City's Aid For Women Clinic Shuts Its Doors

One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.

The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday. It's referring patients to two clinics in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.

Retiring clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.

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10:03 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to "begging, borrowing and manipulation" to obtain vital surgical equipment. Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.

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12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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12:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.

As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.

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5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Salina To Vote On Fluoridation

A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.

A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi Wicks on July 21st.

The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.

The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.

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11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Food Deserts Of Wichita

The food deserts of Wichita
Credit Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.

When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them

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11:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.

The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.

Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.

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10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties

The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.

The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.

An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.

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