Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

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Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

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Brownback job-training initiative draws praise

Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.

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Nurses’ push for independence from doctors stalls in Legislature

The ways of the Kansas Legislature are a frustrating mystery to Merilyn Douglas. The advanced practice registered nurse from Garden City is part of a group that is pushing for passage of a bill that would allow APRNs to practice independently from physicians. But that push has stalled. The bill hasn’t received a hearing in either the House or Senate and it’s too late in the legislative session for any discussion to begin. “This has happened to us three years in a row,” Douglas said. “It is frustrating. It challenges your faith in the legislative process.”

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Poverty takes its toll on Kansas schools

In the state that has proudly called itself the nation’s breadbasket, the problems of poverty — including hunger, homelessness and mental illness — reach farther into classrooms than many Kansans might expect or care to believe. In hundreds of public schools across the state, there are students that each Friday — or before holidays — are sent home with “backpacks” or “kits” of donated food put together by volunteers to be sure the children will have something to eat until they return to class the next school day.

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Kansas Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations, Press Releases

In celebration of World Immunization Week, Immunize Kansas Kids and Kansas Health Matters join efforts to inform communities about best practices for immunizations in Kansas.

Issue Brief: Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

0 | Apr. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. To inform the discussion KHI has released a new issue brief (link) that examines in detail who is—and who is not—currently eligible for the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas.

2014 County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 26, 2014 | Research, Press Releases, Public Health Systems and Services, Rankings-Indicators

With the release of the 2014 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they do well and where they can improve.

Multiple media outlets cover KHI's health impact assessment work

0 | Mar. 21, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

Kansas Health Institute policy experts were cited in newspaper and television news reports for stories about health impact assessments influencing changes for Wichita bus system.

Testimony: A Health Impact Assessment of Changes to the Kansas Liquor Control Act

0 | Mar. 06, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment, KHI Legislative Testimony

KHI offered neutral testimony on HB 2556, a bill that would permit convenience and grocery stores to hold retail liquor licenses.

Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace: An Insider's Look

0 | Feb. 21, 2014 | Health Insurance, Health Reform

Join us in a discussion of early experiences with implementation of the ACA in Kansas The Marketplace and how it is structured and operating in Kansas.

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Social service caseload estimates revised

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Legislature, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State budget analysts revised their estimates of Kansas' costs for social services in the current and coming fiscal years. Though overall spending on Medicaid and related programs, including federal aid, is expected to increase, projected State General Fund expenses were revised downward by more than $30 million over two years.

Insurance, hospital officials to discuss ACA

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Health Reform, Hospitals

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Kansas Hospital Association chief executive Tom Bell and others are scheduled to take part in a panel discussion on the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act.

Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the Kansas economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.

New Kansas law aimed at protecting seniors

0 | Apr. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Legislature

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said a new law will strengthen the hand of prosecutors seeking to punish those who prey on vulnerable seniors. An advocate for Kansas nursing home residents called it a "small step."

Brownback signs controversial school finance law

0 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Legislature

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback stopped in Kansas City to announce bonding authority to help fund the construction of a new University of Kansas Medical Center education building. The bond approval was part of the controversial school finance bill the governor signed later in Topeka during a Statehouse ceremony, flanked by House and Senate GOP leaders.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

Kansas AG reports tobacco settlement money tops projections

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Children, Legislature, Tobacco

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the receipt of $62.2 million from the tobacco master settlement agreement, which is about $7 million more than first projected as payment to the state for 2013. Children's advocates say the extra money should be used to fund children's programs.

Governor signs 19 bills into law

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Courts, Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback signed 19 bills into law Friday, including measures dealing with medical malpractice and prompt payment of Medicaid claims by managed care companies. He also signed a controversial law that will strip the Kansas Supreme Court of its authority to appoint chief administrative judges in the state's judicial districts.

KCK preschool trauma program gets national attention

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Early Childhood

A program started in Kansas City, Kan., offers teachers and parents an alternate way to deal with kids’ intense emotions and potentially avoid the long-term impact of trauma.

Obama criticizes Republicans while announcing 8 million enrolled in health insurance

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Congress, Health Reform

Enrollment in private health insurance on federal and state marketplaces has surged in recent weeks and now totals 8 million, a feisty President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Larned State Hospital 100th anniversary celebrated

0 | Apr. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

Brownback signs law expanding autism coverage

0 | Apr. 16, 2014 | Child Health, Legislature, Insurance

Gov. Sam Brownback signed into a law a measure that is expected to make insurance coverage for autism services available to about 750 Kansas children over the next two to three years.

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Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

Mental health task force report released

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Mental Health

A 16-member task force that spent much of the past year looking for ways to improve the state’s mental health system released its findings.

Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy

0 | Apr. 22, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the Kansas economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.

KanHIT Advisory Council urged to craft 'secondary data use' policy

0 | Feb. 18, 2014 | HIE-HIT

Members of a new advisory council for the state's health information exchange said it was urgent to start work on policies to ensure the privacy of patient information and to determine who will have access to the data generated by the digital exchange.

Kansas metal finishing company charged with violating Clean Water Act

0 | Apr. 16, 2014 | Courts, Environment, KDHE

A Minneapolis plating company is being charged with 20 counts of violating the Clean Water Act after allegedly dumping chemicals in the sewer system of that city.

HIE network to announce major expansion, move to KC

0 | Jan. 18, 2013 | HIE-HIT

The University of Kansas Hospital is among several major Kansas City-area hospitals set to sign contracts with LACIE, the metro's largest developing health information exchange.

Kansas AG reports tobacco settlement money tops projections

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Children, Legislature, Tobacco

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the receipt of $62.2 million from the tobacco master settlement agreement, which is about $7 million more than first projected as payment to the state for 2013. Children's advocates say the extra money should be used to fund children's programs.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

Study: E-cigarettes don't aid quitting

1 | Mar. 25, 2014 | Tobacco

A study published in a medical journal found e-cigarettes did not help people quit smoking regular cigarettes and six U.S. senators called for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the nicotine devices.

E-cigarette use by young more than doubled in one year

1 | Sep. 05, 2013 | Advocacy, Tobacco

The use of e-cigarettes by young people doubled between 2011 and 2012, according to a report released today by the federal government.

Number of Kansas children in foster care continues to grow

4 | Aug. 12, 2013 | Children, DCF

Over the last two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state’s foster care system. At the same time, fewer children have exited and the number of adoptions involving children in state custody has fallen to a six-year low. State officials say the economy and drug abuse are behind the increase. But children's advocates point to declining services for needy families.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

1 | Apr. 04, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace.

MoveOn.org poll shows most Kansans support Medicaid expansion

1 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Medicaid-CHIP

Poll results released today indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race. The poll, done last week for MoveOn.org Political Action, a left-leaning group dedicated to “progressive change,” showed that 52 percent of Kansans favored expanding the health care program to more low-income adults. But a spokesman for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election said the poll results were dubious and intended to favor Democrat opponent Paul Davis.

Big Tent Coalition complains of waiting list and KanCare problems

2 | Mar. 20, 2014 | Advocacy, KanCare

Advocates for the physically and mentally disabled today accused the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services of enacting policies aimed at restricting access to state’s Medicaid-funded in-home services. But KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the complaints were based on misconstrued numbers and that the agency is having trouble contacting the people on its waiting list for services.

Kansas HIA Report: Potential Health Effects of Casino Development in Southeast Kansas

5 | Oct. 23, 2012 | Community Health, Health Impact Assessment, Public Health Systems and Services

The Kansas Health Institute recently completed its first health impact assessment, which examined the potential health effects associated with casino development in Southeast Kansas. This new report features findings of the health impact assessment and outlines recommendations to maximize the positive health benefits of a proposed casino and mitigate its potential negative effects on health.

Two multiple homicide cases raise questions about adequacy of mental health system

4 | Feb. 03, 2014 | Community Health, Mental Health

Two multiple murder cases have been tied to men who were brought by police to the state hospital here because of their threatening behaviors but were released several days later after hospital officials deemed them no danger to themselves or others. The ensuing tragedies have left many wondering what went wrong and whether the state’s mental health system and the way it works with law enforcement is adequate.

State officials trying to clean up waiting lists for home-based Medicaid services

2 | Mar. 14, 2014 | KDADS

State officials are trying to update their lists of disabled people waiting to get home-based Medicaid services. People with physical disabilities must contact the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services no later than June 30 to get the services or remain on the list.

Budget Blog

A new revenue estimate

Apr. 22, 2014

Estimators have revised their November forecast of the amount of income that the State General Fund will receive in fiscal year 2014 and FY 2015. The revisions are relatively small and do not significantly alter Kansas budget dynamics, but they did yield a surprising result on individual income tax.

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