HHS report: ACA will save Kansas seniors $10 million in 2014 drug costs

Provision phases out 'donut hole' for prescription coverage

0 | Health Reform

A provision in the health reform law closes the "donut hole," or coverage gap where beneficiaries have no insurance help with the cost of their medications.

Selzer looks north for Kansas insurance roadmap

0 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Selzer pledges to cut red tape, roll back regulations that impede job growth and fight government dictates.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

0 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

Five seek GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

Aug. 5 primary will determine who faces Democrat Dennis Anderson

0 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Insurance

In advance of the Aug. 5 primary, learn more about the candidates who hope to succeed Sandy Praeger as the state's insurance commissioner.

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

0 | 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.

KHI staff member to lead national HIA organization

0 | Community Health, Health Impact Assessment, Public Health

Tatiana Lin, a senior analyst and strategy team leader at the Kansas Health Institute, has been elected president of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment.

Kansas officials suspend future foster placements with TFI after child's death

0 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials said they have suspended placing foster children with TFI, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

Take me out to the ball game, but hold the peanuts and Cracker Jack

KC Royals among teams offering nut-free events for fans with allergies

0 | Child Health

While health officials aren't sure why the number of children with nut allergies is on the rise, they say making accommodations so they can enjoy ball games and other events is important to help them overcome fears.

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care part of new regional quality improvement organization

Federal changes spark alignment with similar nonprofits in Nebraska and the Dakotas

0 | Agencies, Health Care Delivery

Officials with the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care announced that the Topeka-based health care quality improvement organization is joining with similar nonprofits in Nebraska and the Dakotas to form the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network.

Kansas Health Foundation announces two new board members

0 | Foundations

The two new board members are the Rev. Claudia Bakely of Manhattan and Junetta Everett of Wichita.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

DCF launching new program

0 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

Some companies operating in the state failed to meet ACA medical spending marks

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

What do the latest ACA court decisions mean for consumers?

0 | Courts, Health Reform

While insurance consumers won't be affected immediately by Tuesday's decisions, and the current subsidies likely will remain in place until there is a final legal decision on the matter.

Kids Count rankings put Kansas in top third

Missouri ranks close to the middle

0 | Child Health, Early Childhood, Rankings-Indicators

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual Kids Count report today, and Kansas ranked 15th overall and Missouri 29th. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies put Kansas consumers in limbo

0 | Courts, Health Reform

If the 2-to-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stands, consumers in the 36 states – including Kansas and Missouri – that didn’t establish their own online health insurance marketplaces would no longer be eligible for subsidies.

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