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

Second enrollment period for insurance marketplace approaches

0 | 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.

Kansas health officials review Ebola plan

Travel in affected African countries remains red flag for possible infection

0 | Government, Public Health

State officials have developed a Kansas Ebola Preparedness and Response Plan that is based on a more generic infectious disease plan but offers specific guidance on Ebola for the state's health care providers.

Advocates ready another push for mid-level dental providers

House health committee vice chairwoman says issue 'has legs' in upcoming session

0 | Advocacy, Oral Health

Advocates say the need for dental care remains high, especially in rural areas, and they hope the Legislature will approve licensing for mid-level dental practitioners.

Malpractice fund stable, but uncertainty looms

Health Care Stabilization Fund director warns legislators against transfers

0 | Budget, Insurance

A state fund meant to diffuse the costs of medical malpractice claims is on stable footing, but its executive director said that does not mean legislators should consider using reserve money for other purposes.

Administration signals doubts about calculator permitting plans without hospital benefits

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Treasury Department officials are preparing to reverse course on an official calculator that permits plans without hospital coverage to pass the health law’s strictest standard for large employers.

Measles, pertussis vex Kansas health workers as Ebola steals headlines

County health officials report some pushback in efforts to stem spread of preventable disease

0 | KDHE, Immunizations, Public Health

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some are working to convince residents to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases.

California company finalizes agreement to buy two KC area hospitals

0 | Hospitals

Prime Healthcare Services will acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

KU Hospital: Initial tests show patient does not have Ebola

0 | Hospitals, Public Health

Initial lab results show the patient does not have Ebola, which has killed more than 4,000 people in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Economic policy conference to focus on health reform law

0 | Health Reform

"The Affordable Care Act in Kansas: Impacts on People, Business and Providers" will be the topic of this year’s Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Kansas Union.

Survey: Many states boost Medicaid benefits as economy improves

0 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A report found that 22 states were expanding Medicaid benefits compared to just two states restricting them in fiscal 2015. That’s the fewest states cutting or restricting benefits in at least nine years.

KU Hospital: Patient admitted at 'low to moderate risk' of Ebola

0 | Hospitals, Public Health

The patient has been placed in an isolated area of the hospital with its own ventilation system and staff working with him will not treat other patients until a diagnosis is made.

Longtime leader leaving Kansas substance abuse group

0 | Prevention

Dalyn Schmitt will step down at the end of the year as chief executive officer of Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, which she founded in 1998.

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

DCF officials say fraud concerns reason for audits; program directors skeptical

1 | 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.

Forum participants develop a healthy to-do list for KC area

0 | Community Health, Foundations

Organizers plan to compile the recommendations into a report to share with legislators and hospital administrators.

Prescription prices steep, even for those with insurance

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

As insurers and employers shift more of the cost to patients, some struggle to pay for high-priced prescription drugs for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS.

Plans for ‘healthy campus’ in KCK expected to move forward

0 | Community Health, Social Determinants of Health

Mayor Mark Holland envisions the healthy campus as a mixed-use development that would revolve around Big Eleven Lake, just west of downtown Kansas City, Kan.

Federal officials unveil streamlined marketplace website

They say more testing, new features should improve healthcare.gov for 2015 enrollment

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

While officials haven't promised that healthcare.gov will be glitch-free when it opens Nov. 15, they say the revamped site has been tested and already used to enroll about 20,000 people.


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