Finances of KanCare begin to get worked out; Americans live longer, but are worse off; Judge says Boeing case should go to trial; KS BOE rejects JROTC as PE.

Kansas Finance Council Reviewing Requests

A special council of Kansas officials is weighing a request for funds to implement the state's new system for administering Medicaid services. 

A legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers have greater oversight of a plan to overhaul Medicaid.

KanCare, as the new program will be called, would put most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs run by private companies. The change is slated to take effect January 1.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services heard from advocates saying lawmakers should keep a close eye on KanCare. The goal of the overhaul is to help control costs in Medicaid without hurting patient care.

Brownback says he won't support a Kansas insurance exchange; With the launch of KanCare near lawmakers consider oversight of program; Film about Kansas farming premieres Friday.

Union, Bombardier Reach Tentative Agreement

The Machinists union says it has reached a tentative contract agreement that could end a month-long strike at Bombardier Learjet's aircraft plant in Wichita.

KanCare Start Date Looms, State Lacks Federal Approval

Nov 8, 2012

A major overhaul of the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to take place in a little more than seven weeks, but the state's plans still haven't received a green light from the federal government.

Many of the changes that would be enacted require approval from federal officials.

KanCare Enrollment Packets To Be Mailed

Nov 8, 2012

Kansans whose health insurance is provided through the Medicaid and HealthWave programs will begin receiving a very important mailing in the next few days.

Hawker Beechcraft To Close 3 Facilities, Cut Jobs

Wichita-based airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft says it's closing facilities in three states and laying off more workers in Kansas. 

The company said Wednesday that 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas. It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock.

Colyer Touts KanCare, Offers No New Details

Oct 26, 2012

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer was the featured speaker Thursday at a forum in Overland Park, aimed at building support for the administration's effort to remake the Kansas Medicaid program.

Fewer Children In Kansas Are Uninsured

Oct 24, 2012

The past couple of years Kansas has done a good job of providing health insurance for children.

KanCare Online Comment Period Closes Friday

Sep 21, 2012

Friday is your last chance to post comments online for federal health officials to consider in their decision on privatization of the Kansas Medicaid program.

Kansas Resubmits Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Aug 7, 2012

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration resubmitted a Medicaid waiver proposal to the federal government after the first proposal needed to be withdrawn.

The state needs the waiver in order to use federal Medicaid dollars for the Brownback administration’s managed care plan, called KanCare.

State officials withdrew a proposal that was submitted April 26 after realizing that they had not notified Haskell Health Center in Lawrence and the White Cloud Health Station.