Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

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KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

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KU professor develops music therapy for premature infants

In recent years, music therapy researchers have attracted attention to their field thanks to several breakthroughs, and a University of Kansas assistant professor is among those at the forefront.

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Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

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Fact Sheet: 57,013 Kansans Signed Up for Health Coverage in ACA’s First Year

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Health Reform

As the second open enrollment period approaches for the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act, the Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet providing a look back at enrollment results from the first year.

Issue Brief: Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows Over Five Years

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

Recent analysis by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) shows that enrollment in Kansas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by 29.1 percent over the past five years.

Kansas Health Institute Team Member Elected President of International Health Impact Assessment Association

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

SOPHIA is an international association of individuals and organizations that provides leadership in the practice of health impact assessments. The organization serves 370 members spanning 14 countries.

Annual Report Describes Insurance Coverage in Kansas

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | Health Insurance

The Kansas Health Institute has released its Annual Insurance Update, providing an in-depth look at insurance coverage in the Sunflower State. The report examines public and private insurance coverage using data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

Expansion of Liquor Licenses to Grocery and Convenience Stores Could Increase Drinking in Youth

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

KHI releases second statewide health impact assessment (HIA). This study examines the potential positive and negative health effects of proposed legislation that expands liquor licenses to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas.

Issue Brief: Health Reform Likely to Increase Demand on Mental Health System

1 | May. 30, 2014 | Research, Health Insurance, Health Reform, Press Releases

Recently released federal data show the Kansas mental health system could expect up to 7,700 new patients due to expansion of insurance coverage under ObamaCare. This influx of patients could create strain on the mental health system in some Kansas communities.

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KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Courts, KanCare

In a lawsuit filed this week, the former Sunflower State Health Plan official claimed she was fired after she objected to a directive to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers.

A few races could swing House control to middle

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Little attention is being paid statewide to the Kansas House's 125 races. But a few key contests could decide whether a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans emerges as a foil for the Senate.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

Family doctors push for a bigger piece of the health care pie

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Workforce

Eight family-physician-related groups, including Leawood-based American Academy of Family Physicians, have formed Family Medicine for America’s Health coalition.

Kansas City conference tackles language of health care

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Health Reform

As reformers work on making the U.S. health care system more efficient, they’re also looking to improve communication with consumers - a concept known as "health literacy."

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

Sidelined player steps up game in concussion awareness effort

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Advocacy

A University of Kansas freshman is working to support awareness of and research into post-concussion syndrome by forming the nonprofit HeadsUp Foundation for PCS.

ACA gets mixed reviews at economic conference

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance, Medicaid-CHIP

Less than a year after the first plans were sold in the Obamacare marketplace, it’s clear that the law’s impact on consumers, providers and employers has been mixed. But it’s also clear that it’s too soon to fully gauge its impact.

Brownback administration asks EPA to retract water rule

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Environment, Government, Agriculture

Gov. Sam Brownback and five Cabinet members signed a letter Thursday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retract a proposed rule to expand the EPA's jurisdiction over smaller tributaries under the Clean Water Act.

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The leaders of two state organizations say far too many nursing homes have come to rely on using antipsychotic drugs to control residents’ dementia-driven behaviors.

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Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Kansas official among those encouraging Congress to delay Obamacare

0 | Sep. 18, 2013 | Congress, Health Reform, Insurance

With less than two weeks remaining before one of its most important elements is scheduled to kick in, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was one of four state policymakers appearing today before Congress, urging federal lawmakers to delay implementation of Obamacare. Meanwhile, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger was in a teleconference with the White House where top federal officials talked about a new initiative aimed at countering concerns that the upcoming insurance marketplace will foster fraud and privacy breaches.

Pharmacy dispute settled

0 | Jun. 18, 2010 | KHPA, Health Care Delivery

A day after the Kansas Health Policy Authority was asked to review its upcoming contract extension with CVS Caremark for state employee pharmacy benefits, CVS and Walgreens announced they had settled their problems.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

State income tax cuts putting pressure on local communities

1 | Oct. 24, 2013 | Budget, Legislature, University of Kansas

A University of Kansas conference in its 37th year had record turnout today for a discussion of the "Kansas Fiscal Experiment" enacted by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. Local officials said more of the burden of sustaining public services now falls on them.

Smoking ban decision expected Wednesday

0 | Jun. 29, 2010 | Legislature, Tobacco

A Shawnee County District Court judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether a new statewide smoking ban will begin on Thursday.

Children's Cabinet set to weigh in on tobacco revenue projections

0 | Nov. 30, 2012 | Budget, Children, Tobacco

Members of the Children's Cabinet are scheduled to discuss scenarios in which the state would receive $12 million, $25 million, or $44 million in tobacco settlement money next fiscal year. All three projections represent significant reductions from the $56 million in tobacco dollars now being spent on children's programs.

KHN Consumer Column: Rising Costs Spur Increase In Health Savings Accounts

0 | Jun. 22, 2010 | Commentary

Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, discusses future changes to high-deductible health plans and the health savings accounts that link to them.

A few races could swing House control to middle

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Little attention is being paid statewide to the Kansas House's 125 races. But a few key contests could decide whether a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans emerges as a foil for the Senate.

U.S. Senate votes to delay scheduled cut in Medicare doctor payments

0 | Jun. 18, 2010 | Health Care Delivery

The U.S. Senate today voted to delay until November a scheduled 21 percent cut in the rates paid to doctors who provide Medicare services. But the bill still needs approval in the U.S. House and the president's signature before the cut that kicked in June 1 is undone. Meanwhile, doctor groups continue their push to end the annual "dance" of uncertainty over payments with 110,000 signatures collected nationally on an on-line petition started by the Texas Medical Association, including about 1,200 from Kansas doctors.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

1 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

2 | Oct. 07, 2014 | DCF

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

1 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Early Childhood, DCF

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.