Health

Affordable Care Act
5:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Blue Cross To Continue Canceled Plans

The largest health insurance company in Kansas will offer another year of coverage under plans that it had expected to cancel because of the federal health care overhaul.

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Medicaid
5:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Advocates Ready To Push For Medicaid Expansion

A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators.

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Affordable Care Act
5:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

State, Blue Cross To Review Obama Decision

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and the state's largest health insurer say they're not sure yet about the implications of President Barack Obama's decision to modify part of the federal health care overhaul.

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Primary Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Why Is There An Imbalance Between Primary Care Doctors And Specialists?

Dr. Rick Kellerman points out blue bags on a map of the US. Each bag stands for doctors trained at KU Med School in Wichita. Without these bags virtually the entire state becomes under-served.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Winner of a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. 

System Breakdown

There is a crisis in healthcare in this country and it’s not directly involved with the Affordable Care Act. There is a larger problem. With the population numbers as they stand right now, there are just not enough physicians to take care of them.

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Health
9:19 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to Needy Kansans

Credit Kansas Food Bank

People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.

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Health
3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Report: Those With Mental Illness Twice As Likely To Smoke

Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation says Kansans with mental illness are twice as likely to smoke as the general population.

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Flu Season
5:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kansas Flu Season Begins

A state health official says flu season has started in Kansas but there isn't any indication that this year's outbreak will be any worse than previous years.

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Health
10:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kansas Nets About 5 Tons Of Meds On Take Back Day

Kansans turned in nearly five tons of unused medicine as part of an effort to curb prescription drug abuse.

The Kansas Attorney General's office says residents turned in 9,777 pounds of drugs at locations around the state on October 26 for National Drug Take-Back Day. The office says in a release it's the largest amount the state has collected in a single day since the program began in 2010.

Collection days are held twice a year and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent abuse.

Health
7:15 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Flu Season Has Arrived In Wichita

Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.

KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

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Health
12:29 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Via Christi Offering Help For Insurance Marketplace

Via Christi Health has planned seven public events to help Kansans better understand and enroll in the health insurance marketplace.

There will be nationally certified navigators on hand to provide help navigating and enrolling in health insurance coverage offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In a release, Via Christi states the goal is to increase preventative cancer screenings through increasing access and enrollment in health insurance coverage.

The Via Christi nurse navigators will be at the following locations in November:

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