Medical PACs mull stance on Medicaid expansion

Fifteen groups had total of almost $600K cash on hand heading into general election season

0 | Advocacy, Campaign 2014

Leaders of some of the top medical-related political action committees say they're still forming the legislative agendas that may inform how they donate their money.

Kansas receives $3.5M grant to reduce infant mortality

Five-year funding will support Geary County project

0 | Child Health, KDHE, Health Disparities

The five-year grant will help bolster a Geary County project known as Delivering Change.

Former Stormont-Vail CEO named to Davis advisory council

0 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

Oliverius and the other advisory council members are charged with bringing together business leaders, employers, educators, trained professionals and other stakeholders from each economic sector to address the diverse challenges and opportunities for growth in each industry.

Kansas to share suicide, homicide data with CDC

0 | KDHE, Prevention

The $970,000 grant is part of a federal program to develop strategies to prevent violent deaths. Kansas is one of 32 participating states.

Immigration questions to drop 700 Kansans from ACA rolls

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tried to reach online enrollees with data discrepancies

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Discrepancies in immigration status data will cause about 700 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance plans on the federal marketplace to lose their coverage at the end of the month.

KDADS receives $3.9M grant to expand employment support for mentally ill

0 | KDADS, Mental Health

Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.

Medical PACs boost candidates with health care ties

Campaign donors look to elect legislators with personal knowledge of medical issues

0 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the state's ethics board mostly spent campaign dollars on incumbents during the primary season. But occasionally they went outside those parameters to support health care practitioners vying for spots in the Kansas House.

MCO payments to Hanover Hospital smooth out

United HealthCare resolves outstanding debts to struggling rural facility

0 | Hospitals, KanCare

A billing expert from Hanover Hospital says claims processing has improved since last month, when United HealthCare owed the hospital more than $100,000.

KDADS outlines $75K in new mental health programs

0 | KDADS, Mental Health

The projects were developed by the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force and the Governor’s Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Advisory Council.

Governor's office declines to support early childhood grant

Children's Cabinet unable to move forward with application for federal funding

0 | Early Childhood, Legislature

Administration officials told the Children's Cabinet director that it would be “unwise to move forward” in applying for a Preschool Development Grant without first conferring with the Kansas Legislature.

Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner

Three-term Republican incumbent says Anderson more focused on policy than politics

0 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A veteran of three statewide campaigns, Sandy Praeger says her endorsement sends a potentially significant signal to voters trying to decide which candidate to support in the down-ballot race.

Poverty down, insured rate up nationally in 2013

Drop in uninsured Kansans within margin of error; poverty numbers still to come

0 | Insurance

In Kansas the uninsured rate dropped from 12.6 percent to 12.3 percent, but the smaller sample size has a margin of error of 0.4 percent, so the state's dip is not considered statistically significant.

Health care compact article debate heats up

GOP legislators urge Johnson County advisory commission to pull article warning of compact’s potential effect on Medicare

1 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Kansas medical PACs concentrate spending on incumbents

Groups give to re-election campaigns whether or not legislators supported issues

0 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

Fifteen medically related political action committees spent about $125,000 before this year's primary elections, with most supporting incumbent House members - whether or not they supported all the groups' initiatives.

Praeger to cross party lines and endorse Anderson

0 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Democrat Dennis Anderson is seeking to succeed Republican Sandy Praeger as the state’s insurance regulator. He’s running against Ken Selzer, the GOP nominee.

Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

Hospitals in eight states link with real-time support for emergency rooms

0 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Kansas, Missouri health clinics get $9.6M for primary care services

0 | Government, Health Care Delivery

In 2013, one of every 15 people in the United States relied on the health centers for primary care.

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